Welcome to Capacity.org: a gateway for capacity development
Welcome to Capacity.org, a resource portal for the practice of capacity development and the home of Capacity.org journal, published two to three times a year. Building on the topics covered in the journal, this website aims to facilitate access to a broad range of related online resources that practitioners can draw on for their own work. These include the latest research findings, analytical frameworks, policy debates, practical experiences and toolkits. Through links to ongoing discussions and communities of practice, we enable practitioners to find and link up with diverse organizations, professional networks and communities of practice for further support and knowledge exchanges.
Capacity.org collaborates with the Learning Network on Capacity Development (LenCD) and the Capacity Development Network (Capacity.net) to make knowledge resources on capacity development more accessible to policymakers, researchers, development practitioners and funding organizations.
For a quick overview of key resources available on Capacity.org, grouped by thematic area and topic, please follow the links below.
- Introduction to CD
- Context - systems thinking
- Gender and social inclusion
- Change facilitation
- Leadership development
- Monitoring and evaluation
- Multi-actor engagement
- Linking research, policy and practice
- Organizational development
- Local capacity developers
- Becoming professional
- Water and sanitation
- Value chains/producer organisations
- International cooperation
- Health systems
- Fragile environments
- Adapting to climate change
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Tapping the power of women's collective action in agricultural markets
Development actors are increasingly prioritising ‘investing in women’ to ensure food security and sustainability—as well as equity—in agricultural development. In this context, collective action is a critical but poorly understood way for women small-scale farmers to strengthen their engagement in agricultural markets.More
Strengthening local accountabilities in fragile contexts: Lessons from Nepal, Bangladesh and Mozambique
IDS Working Paper 422 (April 2013) explores societal dynamics in fragile contexts and the role that external partners can play in strengthening domestic accountability through giving local project participants opportunities to "practise democracy."
Monitoring the upscaling of health interventions
Most development interventions consider the scaling up of successful practices as an important indicator of success. However, there is very limited understanding of what factors contribute to successful scaling up. This guide developed by the USAID-funded MEASURE Evaluation programme aims to provide governments, donors, country organizations, and implementing partners with a low cost and replicable approach to monitoring the process of scaling up innovations in health.
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Issue 46 : January 2013
Next Issue: Innovative Development Financing
As development budgets continue to face intense pressure, attention is turning to how to achieve greater impact with fewer resources. Issue 47 of Capacity.org will highlight experiences in using innovative development financing to catalyse private investments for pro-poor or inclusive development. We welcome contributions from researchers and practitioners with experience on this topic. See the call for contributions.
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May 6, 2013 - Heinz Greijn, Editor-in-Chief, Capacity.org
In order to grow and sustain their livelihood farmers need access to credit. But farmers at the bottom of the pyramid are difficult to reach out to by commercial banks. A commercial bank needs to make profit to sustain its business but there are a multitude of reasons that make it difficult to realize a return on investment from working with small farmers. For local banks it is far easier to invest in government treasury bills than in small farmers. Hence commercial banks tend to work only with large farmers that are well positioned in agricultural value chains. Fortunately not all lenders are driven exclusively by profit.Read Full Entry View Comments (0)
April 4, 2013 - Heinz Greijn, Editor-in-Chief, Capacity.org
At a time of declining development budgets, attention is turning to how to achieve greater impact with fewer resources. One of the strategies to achieve this is through innovative development financing (IDF) which refers to the innovative use of funds to catalyse private investments for pro-poor or inclusive development in a range of areas including agricultural value chains, water supply systems, renewable energy facilities, education institutes, access to health services etc. However, in many ways knowledge development on IDF is still in its infancy. The next issue of Capacity.org journal aims to shed the spotlight on this important issue by highlighting experiences with IDF, especially at the meso and micro level. We welcome contributions from researchers and practitioners with experience on this topic.Read Full Entry View Comments (0)