African capacity Building Foundation, 2003. 89 p.
African Capacity Building Foundation
As part of the effort to be a better understanding and appreciation of the HIV/AIDS situation in the public sector, the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), jointly undertook to conduct a field study on "The Impact of HIV/AIDS on Public Sector Capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa: Towards a Framework for Protection of Public Sector Capacity and Effective Response to Most Affected Countries". To this end, a review of the impact of HIV/AIDS on public sector capacity was conducted in a sample of six Sub-Saharan African countries (Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe). The main objective of the study was to enhance the knowledge of ACBF, UNAIDS and other development institutions of the state of public sector capacity in HIV/AIDS-affected countries and guide their interventions in the strengthening of public sector capacity. The specific objectives were to: assess the extent to which policy analysis and management capacity were affected; identify the competencies, specific skills and experiences which were most affected; provide a genderbased analysis of the lost competencies, skills and experiences; review and assess the number, quality and adequacy of HIV/AIDS awareness, education, information sharing and learning programmes in the public sector especially in core policy-making institutions. On the basis of the findings, the study was expected to recommend appropriate strategies, policies and programmes for protecting public sector capacity in the face of the pandemic, stepping up information sharing, education and learning programmes within and across public ministries and institutions, effective short-term and long-term response programmes by ACBF in capacity needs of the public sector; designing and implementation of a knowledge retention programme and mainstreaming HIV/AIDS into training and capacity building interventions in the public sector ministries and institutions of the six sample countries selected for the study.
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