The draft plan provides the basis for review by all stakeholders identified in Stage 1. The aim here is to ensure country ownership and clear leadership of the capacity development process; crucial to the implementation of capacity development plans. At this stage stakeholders should review, prioritise and add detail to the suggested interventions, which will enable relevant timelines, and a detailed budget to be agreed to address capacity needs defined through the assessment. The final plan also agrees the capacity objectives and indicators to measure progress in developing capacities.
The following points should be considered when defining a capacity development plan and budget.
In Tajikistan a strong partnership between the government and NGOs (brokered by UNDP in its role as interim Global Fund PR) contributed to the capacity development efforts through training for government and local NGO officials in programme and financial management, procurement, and monitoring of programme implementation.
A key factor in the success of the Tajikistan programme was that the partners worked together to agree the priorities and identified realistic targets. Local partners, including the growing number of NGOs, then took charge of implementation using existing structures, with support from UNDP. The flexible nature of the partnership has allowed other partners and donors to join and coordinate with the CD programme.
As a result, the health system has benefitted considerably. More than 1,500 health care providers were trained in disease management. A results-based management system was designed and piloted. Procedures for competitive and transparent procurement bidding processes for the AIDS, TB and malaria control programmes were introduced, and supply chain logistics and information management was improved.