National and Sector Capacity Development Strategies
National and sector development plans and frameworks need to have concomitant capacity development strategies/frameworks to underpin them. Capacity development requires a priori planning and resourcing and should be treated less and less as an afterthought.
Unified capacity development frameworks are cost-effective, reducing the need for ad-hoc actions, aligning priorities and reducing transaction costs. When there is a clear plan and roadmap for how institutions' and organizations' capacities will evolve in response to changing demands and needs, there is greater success in meeting goals. For instance, thematic capacity development plans need to be drawn up where multi-sectoral responses are required.
UNDP supports policy choices and investment options, through establishing the thematic or geographic context, designing and providing technical support for national and sectoral capacity development strategies and offering policy advice on resource coordination for the sectoral approach. Additionally, UNDP facilitates South-South learning exchanges on national and sector capacity development strategies.
- Supporting Judiciary Institutions in a New Nation: Capacity is Development in Timor Leste
- Capacity Development in the Arab States
- President Tabaré Vázquez describes Uruguay's Experience with Capacity Development in driving change (in Spanish)
- Jean Jacques Nyenimigabo, Burundi's Minister for Youth, Sports and Culture, describes the importance of prioritizing investments in the capacities of youth for successful state building in this post-conflict environment (in French).