Capacity building typically involves training, mentoring, and financial and/or other resource support to individuals and organizations by external sources. It’s a long-term process that often involves experts from many different fields, resulting in the adoption of new skills and knowledge as well as implementing the systems to expand these programs over time.
Capacity building takes place at a micro and macro level. It focuses on advancing an organization’s ability to do new things and improve on what it is currently doing. Simply, capacity-building initiatives aim to improve the organization’s performance and enhance its ability to function, and continue to stay relevant throughout a rapidly changing environment.
The long-term impact of capacity building is undeniable, here are six ways your organization can benefit:
- Capacity building encourages leaders to improve on their competencies to perform in a complex environment. Through the evaluation process leaders can implement objectives more effectively and sustainably.
2. Capacity building approaches minimize an over-reliance on outside experts as sources of data, resources, and solutions to community issues. This empowers local communities and even saves organizations funding on recruitment and outsourcing.
3. Capacity building fosters ownership and empowerment ensuring that community partners are invested in their own future development.
4. Capacity building strengthens the confidence, skills, knowledge, and resources of project leaders and can even inspire community partners to take the initiative in future projects.
5. Capacity-building efforts are sensitive to cultural contexts and as a result, can improve community relations and generate solutions with a capacity-building focus.
6. Capacity-building approaches to community work acknowledge that growth and learning is a reciprocal relationship: both you and your community partner should work in a collaborative way, where your community partner can address issues with a strategic lens, and you can communicate with the community more effectively.
Capacity building is a long-term, continuous process and can only benefit businesses in the long run. According to the McKinsey and Company report, ‘Effective Capacity Building in NonProfit Organizations’, as improvements are made in one area of the company, deficiencies appear in other sectors that require attention. Investing in capacity building is an ongoing process that will identify deficiencies, generate opportunities, and will grow and evolve with your company.
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