LenCD learning package on capacity development

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Publication Date: 
26 January 2012
Jenny Pearson
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Current thinking is that capacity development is central to the aid effectiveness agenda. However, many people, especially at country and sector level, are struggling to understand what this means for them within the changing paradigm articulated in the Paris Declaration and Accra Agenda for Action. This package is intended to respond to the need for practical learning opportunities about capacity development: a freely available virtual resource, designed to help country and sector level practitioners expand their knowledge and skills for facilitating sustainable capacity development. The purpose of this resource is to provide an overview and synthesis of current thinking about capacity development. It has been developed in a collaborative process by a working group supported by LenCD and Train4Dev. There is no intention either to create a new theory or approach to capacity development or to promote any of the existing theories and models as being better than others. What is offered in the following pages is a summary of many different strands of current theories and practice from many different sources. This summary is presented in a way that can help readers get an overview of the issues and then access other resources for anything they want to explore further. It is hoped that the resources in the package will be of benefit to many practitioners from multiple disciplines. However, all readers should be aware that the primary target audience for this resource is national practitioners working at national or sector level. Practitioners who have a different profile may need to explore additional resources or to adapt any advice or guidance offered in the package as necessary for their own context and mandate. Please visit the web site http://www.lencd.org/learning to view and download all four components of the package: the Core Concept section, How-to pages, Trainer-Facilitator's guide, and Resources.