The AIDS Support Organization (TASO) provides care and support to persons living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda. The organization has also developed a large number of training courses related to AIDS care and counseling that are offered to local and regional organizations. To explore alternatives for increasing the sustainability of the training center, a team from TASO attended a one-week workshop on financial sustainability and developed an operations research study to determine ways in which the training center could increase its revenues and reduce costs. The report finds that with updated fees as well as changes to the structure of some modules, TASO is positioned to reduce their dependency on donors and strengthen their financial base. This study also demonstrated that, with minimal technical support, an NGO was able to undertake a detailed analysis of the costs of individual programs, and use management tools like break-even analysis and willingness-to-pay surveys to identify programmatic changes that enhance their financial sustainability.
Mugumya, Nicholas, Juliana K. Nyombi, Michael Matsiko, Rick Homan, Harriet Birungi, and Nzoya Munguti. 2006. "Cost of training programs and willingness to pay for training: An application of break-even analysis in Uganda," FRONTIERS Final Report. Washington, DC: Population Council.
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