In Indonesia in 2009, there were considerable HIV/AIDS funding gaps. SUM II and DERAP sought to efficiently and cost-effectively increase the number of interventions serving most-at-risk populations and to ensure that local partners had the guidance and technical knowledge and skills required to implement the interventions. A core mission of SUM II & DERAP was to build the capacity of partner NGOs to receive direct funds from USAID and other donors, i.e., build excellence in financial and organizational management that included core capacities in grant administration and management.
In service of improving the organizational performance of civil society organizations (CSOs) to scale up effective, integrated HIV/AIDS interventions, TRG identified Indonesian technical assistance (TA) organizations with experts and mentors in financial management, organizational development, M&E, and clinical management and services to join SUM II as strategic partners and capacity builders. SUM II/DERAP staff and TA provider staff formed integrated teams, with each assigned to a specific organizational performance capacity area. The integrated teams consulted closely with NGO leadership to:
- Develop and deliver tailored, on-the-job training for NGO staff that allowed for practice and strengthening of new skills, such as analyzing information in the new financial and M&E systems and making changes or decisions in response to the analysis.
- Develop systems and procedures in financial management, strategic planning, program development/improvement, M&E, resource mobilization, community mobilization, human resources management, networking, and clinical management and services.
As the prime organization, TRG also provided and monitored small grants to 41 qualified CSOs.
Through SUM II and DERAP, TRG developed a strong model for developing local capacity for organizational improvement and monitoring capacity development. SUM II-funded NGOs have established themselves as strong partners to district and facility-level HIV service delivery facilities. More specifically, the projects:
- Illustrated the effectiveness of three Indonesian technical assistance providers and raised their visibility with USAID and the Government of Indonesia.
- Built the capacity of 29 NGOs to manage USAID-funded grants, expand their services to key populations, advocate for improved services at public health facilities, and obtain funding from other donors and sources.
- By 2014, 21 NGO partners received non-USG funding from international funders, local government and the private sector.
- By 2015, 12 NGOs completed consolidated financial reports; seven passed internal audits, and six passed external audits.
- In 2016, the TA partners expanded organizational performance support (specifically in financial and organizational management) to 12 additional NGOs and private clinics.
By the conclusion of the projects, the NGOs:
- Had financial standard operating procedures (SOPs), enabling them to see the financial condition and health of their organization and plan strategically.
- Had human resources SOPs, job descriptions, salary standards, codes of ethics, and codes of conduct.
- Had work plans based on their strategic planning that included input from field staff.
- Were conducting systematic annual surveys in addition to regular monitoring and evaluation meetings and using the results in strategic thinking, work plans, and advocacy.
- Were able to effectively engage key stakeholders and community members by sharing the results of the annual survey and participating in community activities.