Step 4: Implement

Once a country has formulated a capacity development plan, UNDP supports its implementation, which is ideally managed through national systems and processes to foster ownership by national stakeholders and ensure sustainability; otherwise, sustainability of local capacities and opportunities for learning are easily undermined.

Other considerations during implementation pertain to the political dynamics and relationships involved in managing change processes and the importance of monitoring progress, so that corrective measures can be taken if needed. A continuous link should be sought between the capacity development response and an overarching plan, whether that be at the level of a national development/poverty reduction/MDG strategy, sector wide approach or an organizational mandate.

For UNDP, a proper exit strategy is also key. This could include strengthening the base of local experts or involving national, regional or local educational and training institutes in implementing the response.