Commonwealth Foundation’s capacity development framework

The civil society engagement strategy of the Foundation takes on a long-term perspective, building capacity, strengthening the enabling environment for participatory governance and policy change and applying an integrated, holistic approach.

It underscores a systematic and synergistic approach to monitoring, learning and sharing of best practice. Within this strategy, the Foundation promotes three areas of strategic constructive engagement: capacity development, enhancement of engagement platforms and spaces and replication of good and fit practices and knowledge management.

Capacity development (CD) may be defined as “the process of change whereby individuals, organisations, institutions and systems develop their abilities to perform functions, solve problems and set and achieve their goals.” The World Bank defines it as “a locally driven process of learning by leaders, coalitions and other agents of change that brings about changes in socio- political, policy-related, and organisational factors to enhance local ownership for and the effectiveness and efficiency of efforts to achieve a development goal.” This definition describes increasing the capacity for development as “by extension, a process of socio-political, policy- related, and organisational change and driven primarily by changes in how knowledge and information are applied at various levels of society – that is, by learning.”

Download Commonwealth Foundation: Capacity Development Framework