Capacity Development

Developing capacity is a process of growth and evolution which leads to transformations that empower individuals, organizations and societies to achieve their own development goals over time in a sustainable manner.

Continuous capacity development is therefore essential to meet the sustainable development and resilience challenges of today, with an emphasis on expanded collaborative and networking capacities across institutional, professional and constituency boundaries; the ‘how’ of capacity development.

UNDP continues to drive its capacity development work as a key element to achieve transformational results in programme countries and explore the frontiers of capacity development, going well beyond a short-term focus.

⇒ The KICG approach draws on learning over decades of UNDP’s work on defining and strengthening national capacities for sustainable development;

⇒ It takes into account that the achievement of national sustainable development goals is dependent upon a variety of actors, state and non-state, being able to come together on issues of the day and pursue a common agenda;

⇒ It also recognizes that new approaches and capacities are continuously required to identify, tailor or devise solutions towards sustainable development in the dynamic, but diverse, Asia Pacific region.

The KICG process for capacity development entails:

⇒ An inclusive engagement through a facilitated dialogue to create a common understanding, shared values and commitment for achieving overarching development goals.

⇒ The understanding that the interdependence and complementarities of strengths of many actors for achieving goals and results makes joint action and collaboration critical for success. The engagement process therefore in itself already aims to develop the capacity of all actors for collaboration and continuous adaptation and innovation. The capacity development process therewith also strengthens commitment and mutual accountability;

⇒ An assessment methodology to identify, based on the overarching goals and results, where each actor can contribute best based on existing mandates, capacities and assets, so solutions can be designed to respond to actual needs.

⇒ A process which emphasizes the importance of a continuous management of the knowledge and innovation drive to ensure that the actors themselves adapt and change over time based on new, emerging mandates, roles and capacities and that capacity changes are contributing to concrete changes in development results.

Capacity Development leads to the creation of new knowledge that feeds further innovations from which in turn new insights and capacities will emerge.