Posts Tagged "capacity building"

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…

Lesson #13: Looking deeper at the harvest of face-to-face capacity building events

Lesson #13: Looking deeper at the harvest of face-to-face capacity building events

As we shared in Lesson #12 the programme Spaces for Engagement departed from a deep conviction about the value of creating opportunities for face-to-face interaction, especially in terms of building a regional community of practice to share knowledge on research…

Lesson #12: Let’s meet face to face but knowing what for!

Lesson #12: Let’s meet face to face but knowing what for!

Although at P&I we have already argued about the advantages of online training (see here and here), and have found some colleagues echoing our reflections, the need to continue holding face-to-face activities for capacity development is continuously expressed by individuals…

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…

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,…