Capacity building is one of the least understood yet most important aspects of development work. Building human and social capital is integral to strategic community investment because it leverages and multiplies the impact of invested resources by strengthening local partner organizations, promoting self-reliance, and increasing the likelihood of project success. Effective capacity building benefits both the company and local stakeholders by generating inclusive processes that strengthen trust and build commitment and good relationships.
Capacity building requires careful planning to target the right people and build the right skills at the right time and over time. Evidence suggests that capacity-building initiatives tend to be more effective when they are conceived as an ongoing strategic commitment. There is a range of different capacity-building interventions that companies can choose to support depending on need, context, and desired outcomes.
What is Capacity and What does it do?
The first idea that comes to mind when thinking about capacity is the old saying “Give a man a fish, and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he eats for a lifetime”. Capacity building aims to apply this saying by focusing less on providing one-time resources and more on fostering an ability for organizations to do new things for a lifetime. Most simply, an organization’s capacity is it’s ability to do more things better — able to do new things it wasn’t able to do before and/or able to do the things it used to do more effectively and efficiently.
Why TIPM Focus on Capacity?
If capacity building is about sustainable growth in the form of helping organizations doing more things better, then we think it is the best option.
We see capacity building as:-
1. An opportunity for long-term, bigger, lasting change:
2. An opportunity to do something organizations usually cannot
3. A unique way to apply our organizational resources for the benefits of our clients
To get the most out of our training efforts, organizations may find it helpful to ask a few simple, yet strategic, questions upfront:
1. Whose capacity are we trying to build?
2. Capacity to do what and why?
3. When do we need to build these capacities?
4. Who should deliver the capacity building?
5. How will we know if we have succeeded?
Capacity building training focuses on the following organizations
Community Based Organizations such as NGOs’, CSOs, and FBOs’
The Government i.e Ministries, Local Governments, Government agencies etc