HIV/AIDS is fast becoming the worst ever human disease disaster. The economic and social costs are escalating, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. For civil society organisations (CSOs), HIV/AIDS is leaving a significant proportion of their beneficiary groups sick, further impoverished and more vulnerable – thereby directly undermining programme impact. The pandemic is putting CSO relationships with donors and other CSOs under pressure. HIV/AIDS is also having an immense impact on the internal organisation of CSOs as staff themselves become both infected and affected. There is therefore a desperate need to build not just individual, but organisational resilience to the disease.
This paper highlights the vital role of capacity building providers in ensuring that organisational resilience to HIV/AIDS is brought onto the agenda of their clients. This is especially important because many CSOs may feel overwhelmed by the possible impacts of HIV/AIDS on their own organisation. Capacity builders need to be very aware of the issues and have the competencies to support clients in addressing HIV/AIDS mainstreaming in their external programmes and relationships as well as in their internal organisation. It will require HIV/AIDS specialists to develop OD skills as well as OD practitioners developing knowledge and skills in HIV/AIDS. HIV/AIDS will require capacity building practitioners to adapt both the content of their services and methods of delivery.
Praxis Paper 4. Building Organisational Resilience to HIV/AIDS: Implications for Capacity Building
Praxis-Paper-4 - Chinese - 增强组织对艾滋病的适应 能力 - Rick James
Praxis-Paper-4 - French - Développer la résilience organisationnelle face au VIH sida
Praxis-Paper-4 - Russian - Создание организационной устойчивости к ВИЧСПИД - Автор Рик Джеймс
Praxis-Paper-4 - Spanish - Construyendo Resilencia Organizacional contra el VIHSIDA - Rick James