An evaluation of Tumaini Trust Fund (TTF) HIV/AIDS Project : civil society organizations on fight against HIV/AIDS

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Southern New Hampshire University
As establishment of CBOs in Tanzania is taking pace, the need to evaluate their projects becomes more evident. This evaluation looked at an HIV/AIDS project implemented by local Community Based Organization as a Civil Society Organization response on fighting HIV/AIDS. The evaluation survey attempted to determine why the CBO (TTF) was formed and what methodology was used to design the project and how the organization facilitates community involvement and participation right from the feasibility study through the project lifetime. Regarding the project achievement, it was to establish to what extent the project achieving its goals and if it is making any tangible contributions in the intervention area. Specifically, was to find out how the project is coordinated and collaborating with village council programmes as articulated by the National policy on HIV/AIDS and the developed national strategic framework. In particular, it was to use lesson learned and the study results to recommend the way forward and an implementation plan. The review of the literature leads to the conclusion that the HIV/AIDS impact has moved beyond the health sector to be a social, cultural, political, and economic problem affecting all Tanzanians at different levels. It thus demands a response at the individual, family, community and national levels to fight HIV/AIDS. The sample was from Mbagala and Mbagala Kuu wards, Temeke Municipal, included five out of 16 villages in the project area, with a total of 29 respondents who are key stakeholders. The instruments utilized in this survey include FGD, individual interviews, questionnaires, observation, documentation, literature and review of secondary data. Results revealed a strong lack of community participation in the whole project life cycle. There is poor coordination and collaboration between the CBOs/NGOs and village councils as well as with village HIV/AIDS control committees. Further, the community does not see any added value that the project is adding as a result of the intervention. The study provided specific recommendations and an implementation plan to TTF and alike to assist to weaknesses and develop future programmes. Specific recommendations were given to government to play the coordination role, collaborate with CBOs/NGOs, and strongly support community based initiative on fighting HIV/AIDS. The solution to reducing the impact, preventing and controlling the spread will come from local people themselves and not from outside. The government and CSOs have to facilitate the process. (Author abstract)