Role Of Capacity Development In Rural Development

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Dr. Ma in her presentation said that with the changing conditions in rural areas, there is a paradigm shift in rural development strategies. Evidences show that rural development is not only about agriculture and rural community development; it entails a multi-sectoral approach to improve rural well-being. She stressed that the classification of a country (either developed or developing) does not depend on its income only, but also on other factors, e.g. capacity. Pattern of rural transformation also varies from country to country due to varying roles of agriculture in the economy of the respective country, availability of modern technologies and infrastructures, and human capital. Therefore, capacity development is at the heart of multi-sectoral…show more content…
The role of capacity development is shifted from ‘a part of a process to cooperate or collaborate with externally introduced development programs and projects’ to ‘an objective in itself, to empower local people and organizations’. A change in perception in respect to the importance, dimension and scope of capacity development can trigger the multi-sectoral approach to rural development. Under this background, Dr. Ma discussed three levels of capacity development (i.e. individual, organizational and societal) from a rural development perspective with examples. She shaded lights on many of the challenges of capacity development, such as insufficient definition, inappropriate tools and approaches, and effects of external factors. In response to these challenges, capacity development should be recognized as an essential technical discipline. Importance of available and adaptable capacity development tools, participatory and need-based capacity development approaches, and rigorous monitoring, evaluation and reporting are required to address capacity development…show more content…
Support is also given to introducing new land surveying technologies. So far 7.2 million people benefited from the project. 4.1. million families/farmers received officially registered land titles, of which 18 percent of land titles were issued to women. 1000 surveyors received training on efficient and lawful land registration. In Lao PDR through the project ‘Land Management and Decentralized Planning’ (2015-2017)has supported participatory land use planning, land registration and land titling as a vehicle for sustainable rural development. The project comprises four components – responsible land governance in land sector, ensuring land use rights, decentralized development planning and quality investment promotion. Mr. afen indicated that the projects in Cambodia and Lao PDR can provide examples of best practices and enable the change agents to drive the land management agenda

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