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1 Capacity development Nairobi, 27 May 2002 Stephen Browne

2 Capacity is at the core of the development process

3 Objective At the end of the session, participants will be able to : Describe what capacity development is and identify major challenges and factors contributing to, or hindering capacity development Determine why CD is important for UNDP’s work Discuss the contribution of technical cooperation to CD Analyse how UNDP can best respond to the challenges of CD

4 Activities Sharing a definition of capacity and discussing the major factors and challenges in capacity development Examining examples of CD Discussing how technical cooperation does or does not contribute to CD Determining how UNDP can best address the challenges of CD

5 What is Capacity? The ability of individuals, organizations and societies to perform functions, solve problems and set and achieve objectives

6 What is Capacity Development? process The process by which individuals, organizations and societies develop abilities (individually and collectively) to perform functions, solve problems and set and achieve goals

7 Capacity development or capacity building? A more comprehensive concept Goes beyond institution building & strengthening

8 Capacity Development- what does it entail? Nurturing existing capacities Creating new capacities Utilizing capacities once created Giving new opportunities

9 How is Capacity Developed? -three dimensions Individual Organizational Systemic/Societal

10 What does this mean for UNDP? Why… What… Who… How…

11 What does this mean for UNDP? How do we support CD more effectively? TC/CD are two sides of the same process

12 Exercise: In small groups, develop a project idea on capacity development– based on your experience

13 This morning’s questions Why are heavily-aided countries still the poorest? Which constituency to worry about – Govt, donors, UN agencies, beneficiaries? Should development be donor-driven?

14 TC in capacity development – main features Donor driven because donor funded Gap-filling approaches Inflexible/off-the-shelf Donors have something to sell (75%) Projectised: funds-bound, time-bound

15 TC in capacity development - results High ‘success’, but low impact (micro- macro paradox) Not related to development goals and outcomes Out of context, not well absorbed Repetitive cycles of projects

16 The CD ‘tests’ IndividualOrganisationalSocietal Literacy Tertiary education rate Brain drain Civil service professionalism Civil service independence Independent legislature NGO vibrancy Private sector Information & connectivity

17 UNDP – doing things better Always see the bigger picture Relate CD to MDGs and major development outcomes Involve beneficiaries - design & evaluation Support aid coordination & management Be the CD ‘gurus’


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