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Monitoring and Evaluation and Technical Management Agents for Uganda's Civil Society Fund

The Civil Society Fund provided grants and capacity-building services to civil society organizations in Uganda, supporting the groups to scale-up effective and comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention and care services, as well as to provide services to Ugandan orphans and other vulnerable children.
Under two USAID-funded initiatives, Chemonics worked with the Civil Society Fund, housed within the Uganda AIDS Commission, to improve monitoring and evaluation services and technical management. The purpose of the Civil Society Fund was to bring together multiple donor funds and disburse grants to civil society that were aligned with national plans and decision-making processes and enable an effective, scaled-up, and comprehensive response to HIV/AIDS and orphans and other vulnerable children.
 
The Technical Management Agent and Monitoring and Evaluation Agent projects supported effective functioning of the Civil Society Fund through oversight and provision of technical assistance to civil society organizations receiving grants from the fund.
 
Under the first activity, the Civil Society Fund Monitoring and Evaluation Agent project established and ensured sound implementation of a common monitoring and evaluation system to track progress of the fund and its grantees. The system, which was accessible for civil society organization data entry and analysis on the Internet, included indicator guidance, common data collection templates, reporting forms, and guidance for data use. As a key element of strengthening the system and to strengthen local organizations, the project provided group training and extensive one-on-one coaching and mentoring in monitoring and evaluation to all Civil Society Fund grantees. 
 

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In addition, the project conducted routine data quality assessments and regular supportive supervision visits to assess and support civil society organization monitoring and evaluation capacity. Areas in which civil society organizations were supported included data collection and analysis, data quality assurance, and a special emphasis on gender-based analysis and use of data to inform decisions. In the final months of 2011 and early 2012, the project planned to conduct lot quality assurance sampling in 10 districts in tandem with fund grantees and district governments, to strengthen the measurement of outcomes resulting from fund activities.

Through the second activity, the Civil Society Fund Technical Management Agent project, ensured the harmonization of fund operational procedures and provides technical and institutional management services of the fund. This included providing technical support to the fund’s civil society organization and local government grantees, large-scale and equitable geographic coverage of grantee activities, and high-quality service delivery, as well as strengthening civil society organization leadership and management. Civil society organizations were supported to implement activities that support national HIV/AIDS and orphans and other vulnerable children responses. The areas covered included prevention, care, protection and support to affected and infected populations, and treatment.
 
Major interventions implemented by grantees included promoting HIV counseling and testing, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, behavior change communication, promotion of sexual and reproductive health, pediatric AIDS services, and support to orphans and vulnerable children and their households.
 
Project Results:
  • 1,115,307 people counseled, tested for HIV, and given results
  • 1,785 HIV-postive children referred for complementary HIV and OVC services
  • 98,795 vulnerable children provided with services and monitored with the Child Status Index
  • 37,278 pregnant women mobilized for antenatal care and services to end mother-to-child transmission
​Read the full Final Report here​.
 
Project Duration: 2010 - 2014

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