Importance Of Capacity Building

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2. CAPACITY BUILDING Capacity building is about creating change in an organisation. It is an approach to development that builds independence. It can be: a ‘means to an end’, where the purpose is for others to take on programs, an ‘end’ in itself, where the intent is to enable others, from individuals through to government departments, to have greater capacity to work. It can also be described as the "process of developing and strengthening the skills, instincts, abilities, processes and resources that organizations and communities need to survive, adapt, and thrive in the fast-changing world. Capacity building has typically been defined as the development and strengthening of human and institutional resources. Since you cannot separate people from the organisation, investing in them people and the entire systems or structure will make products and services better. This will ultimately have a great impact in the totality of the organisation. Capacity building in the health context therefore is described as the ‘invisible work’ of health promotion. It is the ‘behind the scenes’ efforts by practitioners that increases the likelihood that effective health promotion programs will be sustained. These must be built and strengthened so that the organizations and systems responsible for the implementation, integration, oversight and daily routines of the organisation have the capacity to carry out their functions effectively and responsively and to sustain them over time. It
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