Capacity development with civil society groups

Civil society groups in many countries have experienced a changing environment in HIV and health care over the last few years, which has resulted in a more centralized implementation by national ministries of health, stronger and different treatment approaches to HIV and other disease programmes, and a subsequent reduction in funding for civil society groups.

There is a need for civil society to review and redefine its role both in response to HIV and to other emerging health priorities—for example, as people living with HIV live longer on treatment, they are more likely to develop a non-communicable disease (NCD) such as cancer.

There is also a need to assess the overall structure of civil society, asking if groups should consolidate or work more in networks to increase their power to advocate and to consolidate operational costs.

UNDP’s offer

UNDP has developed and tested a tool to support civil society in carrying out in-depth discussions on what civil society's role has been and what changes have taken place in the health landscape. It offers guidance for discussion on how civil society can assess what their new role should be, how this new role can be operationalized, and what skills civil society need to carry out this role.

The tool includes:

  • a set of questions to guide discussions
  • example activities to support the changes in strategic direction
  • possible indicators to measure progress
  • a template to budget for these activities

Key resources