Community Response Sub-Granting for Localized Response to HIV&AIDS: Impact Mitigation

Case of Community Response Sub-Granting Mechanism in Sinazongwe

The case of Sinazongwe is testimony to ability of the DATF, with facilitation by the Local Authority, to manage resources transparently and beneficial to targeted beneficiaries. The team manages two parallel funds earmarked for the community; namely, the Ward Development Fund and Save the Children Norway Grant. The signatories to the latter support are sub-divided in two Panels. Panel A include: Council Secretary; Council Treasurer and 2 Officers from Line Ministries, members of DATF. Panel B is constituted by:4 Officers from two Line Ministries (Community Development, Social Welfare, Immigration and Agriculture), members of DATF.

Save the Children grant has separate account from that of the DATF and operational ones for the Council. The resources are sub-granted to CBOs; at the time of documenting, 6 CBOs were recipients. Amounts handled range from K147 m and K400 m for 3rd year of implementation of the Cooperation Agreement. The MOU runs up to 2013 and targets about 5,000 HHs for livelihood support; that includes goats by means of ‘pass-on-gift’ mechanism with each target child receiving two goats. Other support avenues include bicycles to facilitate attendance of school by girls and children’s annual conferences.

In 2012, a total of about K105 million was disbursed to CBOs. 10 % of the funds is applied to operational support to DATF coordination activities. The support has resulted in improved school attendance among beneficiary children from below average to 90-100 %. Households have become more supportive of children’s education, especially girls. School statistics demonstrate drop in absenteeism and improved progression to higher Grades among Girls in general and more so from benefiting Households. The support has also been linked to improved attendance at health promotion activities such as child immunization by Parents as well as improved livelihood diversification among targeted Households. The twinning of such external support with resources available to the Local Authority from Ward Development Funds has enhanced chances of sustaining the initiative. Other spinoffs include strengthening of mutual accountability systems for the Local Authority. No major governance issues have arisen from past audited accounts of the scheme.