Success in Organizational Capacity Development

  • By: Sara Wilhelmsen and Michael Kabugo
  • Published Date: July 2017
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Since its inception in 1991, the Joint Clinical Research Center (JCRC) in Kampala, Uganda
has played a central role in the fight against HIV and AIDS in the country.

It is one of the nation’s top referral centers for people with more complex strains of HIV, and JCRC's reference laboratory is used by countries in the region.

Although JCRC’s success has enabled it to expand its scope with international donor support and continue to excel at attracting funding, its systems and structures were stretched. Quick growth of JCRC clinical research programs and HIV and AIDS service delivery were not matched by adequate parallel growth in the areas of financial management, human resources management, leadership, and governance.

From October 2013 to July 2015, the USAID-funded Leadership, Management, and Governance (LMG) Project partnered with JCRC to help reinforce the Center's eligibility for donor funding by improving their leadership, management, and governance skills.

This technical highlight details how the LMG Project helped JCRC improve its management and governance systems to improve services and sustainability.