Location: Mozambique

Planning creation of new NGO

The International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health contracted with IDEAS to assist in developing a structured institutional capacity-development plan to enable it to gradually transition activities over to local NGO.

In Maputo, an IDEAS staff member met every day with Mozambican and expatriate members of the ICAP leadership team, to discuss challenges, options, and scenarios. He also drew on input from Mozambican legal counsel and from a Mozambican NGO, “N’weti,” which had been created with external support several years earlier. Based on these discussions, the IDEAS staff member developed a plan to create an NGO (“Centro de Colaboração em Saúde” or Center for Collaboration in Health) and to progressively “spin off” ICAP’s Mozambican staff to the new NGO. The Centro de Colaboração em Saúde is now working with CDC funding to strengthen HIV/AIDS services in Mozambique.

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