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What is Capacity Building?

Capacity building is perhaps one of the most fashionable, yet least understood term in the non‐profit sector. There is a lack of shared definition and understanding around its features and essential elements. Funders tend to talk about capacity building programs, while capacity builders might refer to capacity building engagements, yet organizations may refer to it as a set of activities or processes that accomplish a specific goal. 
In essence, this is the process by which individuals, groups, organizations, and communities increase their abilities to: Perform core functions, solve problems, define and achieve objectives; and Understand and deal with their development needs in a broad context and in a sustainable manner.”
Organizational capacity building seeks to strengthen the ability of an organization or agency to achieve a desired outcome. Capacity building in this area can be defined as: “Supporting organizations to build and maintain the skills, infrastructure, and resources to a…