Capacity development strategies
Strategic principles for successful capacity development
The success of capacity development strategies depends on a wide range of factors.
There is no simple formula.
It is useful to keep in mind that for several decades governments and international agencies have looked for successful capacity development strategies and that so far nobody has yet come up with a workable formula for guaranteed success. The simple reason is that such a formula does not exist: both the complexity of processes and the diversity of contexts preclude such a formula.
However, what these decades of work have shown is that capacity development needs to respect some key principles for its impact to be positive and sustainable. We present hereunder some key principles, which are of particular importance for the work undertaken by international agencies.