Evolving capacities

Lesson #11: the longer we walk together, the deeper we will change

Lesson #11: the longer we walk together, the deeper we will change

Longer CB processes provide with more opportunities to assess how capacities and skills are built; capacity developed through online courses could be strengthened by continuing to engage with trainees in some specific and practical way As time goes by, I…

Lesson #10: the many advantages that online courses brought about

Lesson #10: the many advantages that online courses brought about

Online courses have enabled us to efficiently reach a wider and more diverse audience, ensure longer processes to share knowledge in a more horizontal and collaborative way, use debates and exercises as a strategy to continuously adapt and update training…

Openness to continuous learning: one of the most important leadership skills

Openness to continuous learning: one of the most important leadership skills

[Editor’s note: This post is part of a series that brings together reflections from a year-long leadership strengthening programme that Grupo Faro (Ecuador) and ASIES (Guatemala) jointly carried out with Enrique Mendizabal and Vanesa Weyrauch as mentors.] I entered this…

How to improve your capacity to write proposals: Grupo FARO’s Committee for Project Approval

How to improve your capacity to write proposals: Grupo FARO’s Committee for Project Approval

[Editor’s note: This post has been written by Adriana Arellano, from Grupo FARO, who are participating of a mentoring project with ASIES in Guatemala. This series is an effort to share lessons learned by these organisations with other think tanks and is…

A researcher in search of a policy maker: reflections on the sustainability of a project aimed at linking policy and research in developing countries

A researcher in search of a policy maker: reflections on the sustainability of a project aimed at linking policy and research in developing countries

The programme “Spaces for Engagement: using knowledge to improve public decisions” (SFE) is a six-year joint initiative by Global Development Network’s GDNet’s program and the CIPPECCenter for the Implementation of Public Polices promoting Equity and Growth (CIPPEC). Many of the…

Lesson #8: Invest time in building an integrated approach for your capacity building efforts

Lesson #8: Invest time in building an integrated approach for your capacity building efforts

It is worth investing time in designing an integrated approach to capacity building (CB) which reflects your main principles in terms of profile of teachers, methodologies, type and origins of training materials, and how to build a relationship with those…

Lesson #7: Try to assess how much potential participants of a capacity building activity are genuinely interested and committed to it

Lesson #7: Try to assess how much potential participants of a capacity building activity are genuinely interested and committed to it

Our seventh lesson is that usually the success of a capacity building activity is very tightly linked to the degree of real interest demonstrated by participants as well as their willingness to invest some kind of resources into it (time,…

Lesson #9: Engaging others in co-producing knowledge strengthens capacity building

Lesson #9: Engaging others in co-producing knowledge strengthens capacity building

Opening up the field of work to a large and diverse universe of individuals and organisations enables the co-production of knowledge that is relevant and useful, fosters a deep understanding of the complexity of applying knowledge on the field and…

Protocol for case study writing

Protocol for case study writing

[Editor’s note: This post introduces a new material produced by Anne Lan K. Candelaria for Politics & Ideas. This case study protocol will be followed by an example of a case study written by the same author, to be published…

Lesson #6: Understand context and participants to select the right incentives

Lesson #6: Understand context and participants to select the right incentives

While an effective selection of participants for a capacity building activity has been pointed out in the previous lesson and by others as a key factor towards its success; it is also important to be aware of the right mix of incentives…