The Technical Support Centre (TSC) is a regional Initiative that:-
a) Help to broker and coordinate capacity development and technical support to regional CSOs and stakeholders and to national networks and
b) Explicitly direct efforts towards AIDS Service Organisations in the region to improve own performance in relation to purpose, context, resources and viability.
TSC facilitates self-managed process of organizational change. The initiative takes a holistic, longer term and multifaceted approach towards Institutional growth for results oriented delivery. The initiative ensures that civil society organizations are able to more effectively deliver rights based and gender sensitive HIV prevention programmes and services in the region.
Development actors are promoting a more holistic and integrated approach which positions poverty reduction and development at the centre of the HIV response, capacity building is on the one hand the “organization’s core contribution to development in a society and on the other hand an effective and accountable organization becomes a means to achieving global and national goals of improving individual and community livelihoods through focused, cost effective and sustainable interventions.
We promote the notion that capacity building needs to be rooted in a comprehensive study and assessment of the pre exiting conditions so that it is not restricted to training alone, which does not facilitate sustained and long term results. EANNASO therefore promotes a sustainable capacity building approach for effective HIV response in the Eastern Africa region.
- TSC program partners and work in collaboration with existing technical support platforms and bodies such as the UNAIDS Technical Support Facilities (TSF - EA), International/Regional NGOs, (Such as RATN, AMREF, MSH, SAT, regional and local consultants, expert institutions and other national level resource NGOs) to advocate, design, implement and evaluate technical support interventions and approaches appropriate for indigenous CSOs growth and improved HIV interventions in the region.
- EANNASO continues to work as the regional hub for Civil Society Action Team (CSAT) programme focusing on CSOs and the Global Fund for HIV and AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Under the TSC program, CSAT serves as dual role;
- Fast tracking of rolling out GF supported interventions through joint (Government-CSO) applications and grants oversight and
- Utilizes the Global Fund as the entry point to unlocking performance blockages through improving systems and capabilities in performance based management.
- TSC champions the prevention agenda prioritising indigenous CSOs; and help to ensure that member networks and their members particularly focusing on prevention and those involved or interested in Global Fund are capacitated and supported to effectively utilise available opportunities for technical support to enhance their own growth and those communities they serve. A total of 24 ASOs is supported over a lifespan of 4 years with a full lifespan of the support to an organization ending over 12 months.
- In conjunction with the Policy Watch Program, the Technical Support Centre is dedicated to using national, regional and global fora to advocate for the allocation of financial resources towards indigenous CSOs building on their interface with communities to fast track community reach and developmental change. This includes engaging the GF based on its community systems strengthening policy directive, and Dual track financing arrangements to prioritize funding in support of indigenous CSOs work. Advocacy will take place with multilateral institutions (such as the UN, WB), bi-lateral donors, private sector funding sources, philanthropic foundations, government sources and others are encouraged to invest in HIV prevention and indigenous CSOs.