Project/Programme Name
Nom du projet/programme

Uniterra Malawi

Lead Organization
Organisation principal

World University Service of Canada

Période de temps

2004 > 2014

Malawi / Malawi

External Partners / Les partenaires extérieurs

Funding / Financement

themes / thèmes

Methodology / Méthodologie

The Uniterra Volunteer Cooperation Program contributes to development in 13 countries by building capacity of civil society organizations through volunteering, international partnership and networking.   It does this by strengthening local development actors’ capacities in specific sectors and by capitalizing on the solidarity and commitment of individuals to promote and support international development.  Uniterra’s recruitment and placement of highly skilled Canadian and southern volunteers supports partner institutions’ desire to improve their capacity to meet locally-defined development needs. Participation of women at all levels, as well as youth and minority groups, is a program priority.

Since its inception in 2004, Uniterra has drawn and built on collective expertise to ensure that the program’s capacity building processes, practices and tools remain relevant and connected, and continue to adapt to the ever-evolving context within which partner organizations and institutions operate.  To this end, Uniterra undertook an extensive process to systemize its capacity building practices in 2010,  Partners, volunteers and key staff reflected on lessons learned and identified what elements and factors contributed in the most significant way to strengthen partner organizations and sector capacity at program delivery and policy dialogue levels.  Uniterra’s continued work is grounded in results-based management and in continual adaptation to changing contexts and best practices.

Objectives / Objectifs

The objective of Uniterra’s program in Malawi is to enhance the knowledge and skills of partners and their members to implement HIV and AIDS programs effectively and to make care more accessible for people living with HIV and AIDS, as well as to reduce the incidence of new HIV infections and to increase the equal participation and involvement of women and men in HIV and AIDS programs.

Outcomes / Résultats

In 2010-2011, Uniterra strengthened the capacity of more than 24 partner organizations and their members. In Malawi, doctors and nurses from palliative care centres received training on pain recognition and treatment. The City of Blantyre improved its early childhood education services for orphans and vulnerable children. MANET+ increased its capacity to respond to the needs of individuals living with HIV and AIDs because of its new web-based resources mobilization team. Nutritional services for individuals living with HIv and AIDS have also been improved due to interventions with three HIV/AIDS support networks who are now able to cultivate vegetable gardens. MANASO was able to develop a resource centre that improves access to information about HIV and AIDS for its members.

Annual Budget / Budget annuel

More than $500,000

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