Fast Facts: Capacity Development

01 Oct 2011

The task of cutting world poverty in half is not happening fast enough. As the deadline for reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaches, the delivery of poverty reduction plans has stalled in too many countries, often due to limited capacity to address poverty effectively.

Among countries with well-designed and funded poverty reduction plans, the ability to reduce poverty is still being hindered by in-country leadership and knowledge gaps, a shortage of technical and managerial know-how, and difficulties retaining talented staff in an environment with few incentives. A recurring challenge is insufficient capacity to implement the laws, regulations and policies necessary to put development strategies into action. These problems are being compounded by external shocks including the food crisis, climate change and the global economic crisis.

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