Capacity Development

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Through our program of Global Engagement and Learning, we advance capacity through a fully inclusive and participatory process of sharing experience, knowledge, and practice to stimulate the evolution of practice, develop autonomy and self-reliance, and create new, innovative  ways of doing things that are relevant to the geographic and cultural context in which they are to be implemented. Learning in this sense is about building and developing capacity, or the ability ‘to do’, which the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness has placed in a central development role. 

In facilitating and guiding capacity development as an active learning process we deal with cross-scale and cross-sectoral issues regardless of the particular focus. We do this by engaging participants in challenging and experiential case-based and problem-based learning that develops their independence and autonomy to carry out their own development. 

Properties and Principles

We adhere to two core properties and five principles of capacity development: 

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The core properties are: 

  1. relevance to the particular situation; and 
  2. reality in terms of actual needs and constraints. 

The five important principles are that capacity development be:

  1. demand-driven (not supply driven as in the past); 
  2. issues-oriented (not project oriented); 
  3. performance-based (not just action and output based);
  4. inclusive and participatory; and 
  5. cross-scale (geographically, administratively, and politically).