The Institutional Development Programme (IDP) is intended to help Caritas Zambia address the weak institutional capacity which is evident in the different structures of the Church. There is recognition that Caritas Zambia can only enhance the pace of implementation of the various programmes if it works on institutional gaps – which include inadequacies in human resources management, communication challenges, staff turnover, weak management systems and standards of procedures. Other gaps include the monitoring and evaluation of the work of Caritas Zambia as well as inadequate knowledge management. Specifically, under this programme, three sub-programmes are being implemented. These are Knowledge Management, Formation and Training and Justice and Peace sub-programmes.
Organisational Development Sub Programme
The Organisational Development Sub Programme focuses on providing support to Diocesan Departments to improve their organisational capacity through various means including systems development, and human resources development. Other activities include performance management, restructuring of organisational structures and conditions of service, strengthening resource mobilisation, and monitoring and evaluation. This sub-programme, also, focuses on improving the operations of Caritas Zambia.
Formation and Training Sub Programme
This sub programme covers a number of areas aimed at bringing about an enlightened cadre of Pastoral Agents capable of serving in different capacities within the Church structures. Specifically, a number of activities are implemented through this sub programme and these include the provision of Training for Transformation, Justice and Peace Formation Training, improving the catechetical formation and training, and integration of Justice and Peace formation in catechetical formation and training. Other activities include the information dissemination as well as animation of small Christian communities.
Knowledge Management Sub Programme
The Knowledge Management Sub Programme is designed to allow Caritas Zambia manage its information efficiently and to institute measures to improve the overall quality of its research and advocacy products; as well as improve the documentation of information, data and other knowledge products.
Gender and HIV/AIDS Sub Programme
The Gender and HIV/AIDS Sub Programme seeks to continue building skills of staff both at Caritas Zambia as well as in the dioceses in different aspects of addressing gender inequalities and the consequences of HIV/AIDS. Through this sub programme, Caritas Zambia has been providing technical support to the dioceses to develop HIV/AIDS work place policies and other action plans to improve the social well being of particularly women and female-headed households.