The Maatla Project

***The Maatla Project is a USAID and FHI 360 Program to build capacity for civil society organizations and NCONGO is proud to be a project partner.


Project Goals

The goal of MAATLA (which means strength in Setswana) is to significantly and sustainably strengthen the capacity of the civil society sector in Botswana to support HIV/AIDS and related health service delivery. The expected results are:

  • Strengthened technical competence and organizational capacity of national and non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) and networks to support field offices, affiliates, and member organizations with expanded and strengthened delivery of strategic and high quality HIV/AIDS services.
  • A model developed and implemented to strengthen district level systems to provide and coordinate HIV/AIDS services in hard-to-reach areas
  • Strengthened institution(s) so they can provide sustainable capacity building to civil society

Project Funding

Funded by USAID, the five-year MAATLA project is being implemented by FHI 360 in conjunction with the Botswana Confederation of Commerce, Industry and Manpower (BOCCIM); the Ngamiland Council of Non-Governmental Organizations (NCONGO); the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD); and the World University Service of Canada (WUSC). 

Working together, the partners are strengthening four national umbrella organizations that lead the civil society response to HIV/AIDS: the Botswana Newtork of AIDS Service Organizations (BONASO), the Botswana Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (BONEPWA+), the Botswana Christian AIDS Intervention Programme (BOCAIP), and the Botswana Council of Non-Governmental Organizations (BOCONGO).

Each year, these organizations serve their members and affiliates and by extension, touch the lives of thousands of Batswana.

MAATLA Focuses on Three Areas of Capacity Strengthening

1) Organizational Development: This addresses areas such as strategic leadership, human resources and financial management, infrastructure, program and service management, and process management

2) Technical Capacity Strengthening: HIV prevention, community tuberculosis, orphans and vulnerable children, HIV counselling and testing, and palliative care are the areas that MAATLA provides technical assistance, such as performance and quality monitoring, in an effort to make sure people are getting the best service.

3) Coordination/Collaboration: This works to strengthen systems and structures at the local and national level, particularly among CSOs and between CSOs and government, in an effort to improve service delivery, particularly in hard-to-reach areas.

Apart from bolstering the national umbrella organizations, MAATLA will also provide direct assistance to community-based organizations, local government, and district AIDS coordinators, who are responsible for implementing national policies in their communities.

In four hard-to-reach districts- Chobe, Ghanzi, Okavango, and Northwest Ngamiland – the MAATLA project conducts capacity assessments of CSOs, develops and implements capacity building plans to remedy capacity gaps, forges stronger links among Botswana’s indigenous organizations, and expands services in remote areas.