USAID launched this evaluation to determine the long-term success of the Caribbean Regional Program. EnCompass analyzed whether the program is helping countries reach a sustainable national HIV program model; identified key factors contributing to or impeding project results; and, made recommendations for program adjustments. EnCompass utilized existing quantitative data and collected primary qualitative data using a desk review, interviews with interagency teams and in-country counterparts, and field visits to five countries.
EnCompass provided technical assistance to the Government of Botswana’s Ministry of Education and Skills Development to support the implementation of a curriculum to build life skills for school-going youth. The curriculum, Living Skills for Life: Botswana’s Window of Hope, is part of a major HIV prevention effort that targets every primary and secondary school student in the country.
EnCompass was a subcontractor to John Snow, Inc. for the AIDS Support and Technical Assistance Resources Program Task Order 1 (AIDSTAR-One), a mechanism to implement the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The AIDSTAR-One Project focused on HIV prevention, care, and treatment. EnCompass provided expertise in quality improvement, cost-effectiveness, policy, and gender equality.
EnCompass assisted a United Nations agency with its engagement in the Global South-South Development Expo (GSSD) held in Geneva. The GSSD Expo presents successful southern development solutions that address the Millennium Development Goals. EnCompass designed the content and format of the Expo’s first HIV/AIDS Solutions Forum, and wrote a white paper to guide the agency’s strategy for facilitating south-south collaboration.
EnCompass designed and facilitated a consultation in Tunisia that brought together 65 people from 11 countries whose proposals had failed to secure HIV funding from the Global Fund. The objective was to ensure that countries are able to develop quality HIV proposals. EnCompass conducted a study to identify key elements hindering successful proposals. The following year, EnCompass assessed how the participants had used what they learned, finding that 75% of the participants who applied in the next proposal round were successful.
EnCompass supported the launch of a comprehensive strategy to intensify the fight against HIV/AIDS in the workplace throughout World Bank country offices. EnCompass conducted needs assessments, developed a results framework, and promoted learning activities and train-the-trainer workshops in six World Bank regions. EnCompass designed training approaches for World Bank staff in five regions of the world on HIV/AIDS.
To help raise the skills of country-level United Nations technical staff in leading HIV prevention efforts and reducing new infections, EnCompass designed four customized regional workshops for staff in Southern Africa, Eastern Africa, Middle East and North Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean. The curriculum addresses knowing the epidemic and response, national strategic planning, leadership skills, gender equality and human rights, cost analysis and best practices in prevention interventions.
Save the Children provides comprehensive training and critical job aids to community volunteers in Africa working with families with children, especially those affected by HIV and AIDS. EnCompass developed a 7-day workshop and training manual for these volunteers and a 5-day train-the-trainers workshop and manual for the program managers to facilitate the workshop.