The Global Fund and UNDP have increasingly focused on and invested in capacity development to ensure sustainability and country ownership of grant implementation. UNDP has developed a capacity development toolkit to provide practical guidance on how to manage a capacity development process for national entities to implement Global Fund grants.
Some of the critical success factors for Capacity Development include:
-National ownership and leadership of the Capacity Development process.
-A thorough understanding of the context and the critical enablers.
-Sound diagnostics of capacity gaps and assets.
-A shared vision and a credible plan with clear milestones for moving forward with Capacity Development.
-Country-level dialogue that involves all stakeholders and gives voice to their needs, views and priorities.
-Engagement of Key Affected Populations (KAP) in diagnostic and solution design.
-Continuous communication and collaboration with stakeholders.
-Integrated monitoring and feedback mechanisms.
The toolkit has the following modules:
Enablers - A new enabling policy and legal environment module with the following sections:
-Enabling legal & policy environment: definitions & key resources.
-Key human rights frameworks for HIV, TB and malaria.
-Opportunities to strengthen enabling environments through the Global Fund grant cycle.
-Programming tools and resources for strengthening enabling legal and policy environments for the three diseases.
Implementation – This includes implementation capacities and transition modules with guidance on the necessary implementation capacities to deliver National Programs and Global Fund grants. This section also includes guidance on the Global Fund New Funding Model (NFM) that highlights elements such as strategic alignment, strategic planning and country dialogue.
Process – The capacity development process guidelines provides practical support on how to facilitate a capacity development assessment, planning and implementation process.
The CD Toolkit provides practical guidance on the opportunities in the Global Fund New Funding Model to address enabling legal and policy environments, including human rights, throughout the course of the grant cycle. This includes support to revise national strategic plans and the preparation of concept notes for HIV, TB and Malaria which comprise of strategies to strengthen enabling legal and policy environments and promote rights and gender sensitive approaches. It also provides practical tips on how to ensure that the NFM country dialogue includes the full range of relevant stakeholders, including civil society groups representing people living with the diseases, key populations, women's organizations and other vulnerable groups.
In addition, the online offer emphasizes UNDP’s community engagement around HIV and Global Fund support through social media using twitter.com/CD2transform and a Tumblr blog http://cd2transform.tumblr.com/ . Lastly the home page contains the provision of relevant news, events and knowledge resources.