Resource facilitation and mobilization

Strategic Objective:

To improve and increase the resource base that churches, and Christian organizations and networks can draw from to complement their HIV and AIDS work.

PACANet continues through various fronts to undertake to equip the Church with necessary skills to obtain and use funds from resource providers. Trainings to build the capacity of the Church leadership and personnel on how to mobilize resources have been carried out at CCANet level. These trainings include identification of funders, how to write proposals, how to negotiate donor contracts and how to establish accountability measures.

Strategy for Implementation
Tripartite Course of Action
PACANet follows a tripartite course of action for strategy implementation.  This includes stabilization of the Secretariat, consolidation of the CCANet and replication of lessons learnt to more countries.

Operational Model
PACANet’s operating model identifies five key players working together to fulfil its mission of enhancing the Church’s HIV and AIDS responses.  The players are:  grassroots Christian HIV and AIDS interventions, Country Christian AIDS Networks, resource bank of organizations and persons, the PACANet Secretariat and strategic development partners.

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Grassroots Christian HIV and AIDS Interventions:  These are the direct service delivery implementers at community level, and the intended end point beneficiaries of the capacity development services facilitated by PACANet.  Grassroots Christian HIV and AIDS interventions are members of Country Christian AIDS Networks.

Country Christian AIDS Networks:  A CCANet coordinates the networking mechanism at the national level.  This is the structure PACANet believes is best placed to reach and support Christian grassroots interventions.  A CCANet is a legal entity comprising individual churches, Church organizations and Church mother bodies. CCANets are registered through appropriate legal provisions of the respective country, and their existence is based on an agreed constitution stipulating key aspects of their partnership with PACANet.

Resource Bank of Organizations and Persons: It comprising of Christian organizations, institutions and individuals with knowledge, experience and expertise that can be utilized in enhancing the capacities of country networks, grassroots interventions and the PACANet Secretariat.

PACANet Secretariat (including regional offices): The Secretariat services the continental Christian constituency by coordinating and facilitating the roles of the various players in this model.

Strategic Development Partners: These include development agencies, governments, institutions and individuals who invest in or contribute to PACANet’s cause, directly or indirectly.

Focus of Implementation
The Strategic Network Development Process
PACANet strongly believes that developing networking relationships is not an event but a process. People and organizations have to build confidence and trust in each other in order to agree on a common strategic direction and objectives. PACANet has devised a strategy to establish confidence and trust between Church denominations, Christian organizations and HIV and AIDS interventions at country level as a precursor to the inauguration and development of a Country Christian AIDS Network.  Based on  past experiences, this approach varies from one country to another in terms of duration taken to cover different steps. This could range from 6 months to slightly more than a year.

The network Development process identifies several different steps or activities and events around which churches and Christian organizations can work together towards the establishment of a CCANet. These include: orientation visits by PACANet staff to potential partner countries, baseline studies, dissemination conferences, development of a human resource base, consultations with senior Church leaders, consensus building conferences, institutional establishment, ongoing support of CCANets, and advocacy training and support.