Capacity development

Lesson #20: Use what you have learned to craft a new future

Lesson #20: Use what you have learned to craft a new future

This reflection is part of the 20 lessons included in the paper Lessons learned on promoting better links between research and policy in Latin America Lessons learned from the past can inspire us for the future. It is clear from what…

Lesson #18: We need to further reflect on what makes networks and communities become vibrant learning mechanisms

Lesson #18: We need to further reflect on what makes networks and communities become vibrant learning mechanisms

This reflection is part of the 20 lessons included in the paper Lessons learned on promoting better links between research and policy in Latin America Our final set of lessons is related to building networks, communities and partnerships. This is a…

Lesson # 17: M&E is very different if it´s embedded in a learning approach

Lesson # 17: M&E is very different if it´s embedded in a learning approach

Monitoring and evaluating capacity building (CB) is still a challenge to many similar endeavors. There is no single response to this challenge. There are also diverse aspects to be measured. According to LaFond and Brown (2003), “monitoring and evaluation can…

Lesson 15: When defining content for capacity building, engage potential participants from early on

Lesson 15: When defining content for capacity building, engage potential participants from early on

[Editor’s note: This post is part of the ‘Lessons learned’ series on capacity building, which reviews the Spaces for Engagement programme. See Vanesa Weyrauch’s full paper here.] Identifying the skills to be developed and crafting the adequate content for that…

Unraveling the politics of capacity building

Unraveling the politics of capacity building

Among the things I find most appealing in the work I do is finding people who are willing to learn together with both an inquisitive and critical look at the field and how we approach it. In fact, this has…

Lesson #14: It is not easy to keep people engaged after a specific training activity: we need to re- think about its need and timing

Lesson #14: It is not easy to keep people engaged after a specific training activity: we need to re- think about its need and timing

At Spaces for Engagement, after organizing some face-to-face regional conferences to foster knowledge exchange and debates among leading think tanks in Latin America, we decided we wanted to look for innovative ways to keep them engaged in the issues and…