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Capacity development

Capacity Development Course

Capacity development has been emerging as a central approach within development for more than two decades. This approach has gradually shifted the focus of development practice from simple financial aid and technical cooperation towards a complex new paradigm that encourages and demands active involvement and ownership from the people and communities involved in aid programmes. The approach takes into account the broader political, social, and economic environment in which change takes place. Capacity development co-exists and is supported by older forms of development practice, and is a continuously shifting paradigm as experience informs policy, practice, and theory.

Course Outline

1. Introduction to capacity development.
Core concepts for capacity development: levels, types and themes; defining capacity and capacity development; the rel evance of culture and context; building a shared understanding about the principles and values of capacity development.
2. Assessing existing capacity; defining capacity needs.
Who should do the assessment; framing the assessment; what to assess; choosing an assessment approach and tools; helpful assessment questions to work with; defining capacity needs.
3. Change readiness and working with a change process
. Why assess for change readiness, defining the scope of the assesment; finding and creating assessment tools; working with the reuslts of the assessment.
4. Working with stakeholders.
Why map stakeholders?; what, who, and how to map.
5. Capacity goals, objectives, and indicators.
Why set goals and objectives?; capacity goals and what they need to cover; levels of focus for capacity goals; capacity objectives; levels of focus for capacity objectives; the learning and change perspective; why indicators are needed; who should define and use indicators; starting with baseline information; types of indicators; sequencing indicators over time; selected examples.
6. Capacity development approaches.
Preparing for good design; getting started and deciding entry points; choice of interventions; sequencing, selected approaches, tools and techniques for learning and change at all levels. Optional reading on working with incentives to stimulate change.
7.Measuring capacity outcomes
Who needs to be involved in measurement, and how; what needs to be measured and criteria for measurement; creating a measurement framework to fit the context; tools for measurement.
8. Monitoring and evaluation for learning.
Benefits and characteristics of M&E processes that foster learning; challenges; tools and methods. Course review and wrap-up.
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