What is Capacity Development?
Capacity Development is key to the long-term success and sustainability of HIV and Health programmes. Zimbabwe AIDS Network (ZAN) an umbrella network for HIV and health service civil society organizations (CSOs) in Zimbabwe; Capacity Development approach is to coordinate, support and enable CSOs in Zimbabwe to contribute to resilient and sustainable HIV programmes and services.
The 2030 Agenda provides an opportunity to take steps to build better systems for HIV and health – by strengthening programmes and services to contribute to universal health coverage (UHC). ZAN works to reduce the legal, policy, human rights and gender equality barriers to access essential HIV and health services, and to develop resilient and sustainable HIV and health responses through capacity development of CSOs.
Capacity development is broader than just training, it addresses the need for improvements in systems for HIV and health to improve performance in health service delivery and ensure sustainability. It should assess how the system is currently working, and what areas need support. This could include; legal and policy formulation and implementation; developing and implementing health information systems, including training staff in analysing data to inform decisions; strengthening programme management functions, together with financial management by improving and utilizing standard operating procedures (SOPs) that meet national and international requirements; or improving the supply and distribution of key health products.