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Capacity Development: Concepts, Processes and Tools (11-15 November 2019)

1990.00 EUR


Date: 11-15 November 2019

Training fee: 1990 EURO

Promoting Capacity Development

Capacity Development (CD) is regarded as crucial in making projects and its results sustainable.  There is a widespread consensus that CD should form the backbone of development cooperation and be considered systematically in the design as well as implementation of projects and programs.  However, the practice in many projects has so far largely focused on easily measurable and tangible indicators. As a result, CD strategies tend to be limited using rather simplistic interventions such as trainings and study tours. Professionals working in the international space are well aware of the complexities and challenges of addressing capacity needs in a systematic and holistic manner.

During the last decades, several organisations have developed interesting approaches enabling a systematic capacity assessment as well as an array of tools suitable for strengthening CD at the different levels of individuals, organisations, networks as well as at systems level.


Learning Objectives

As a professional working in the international space you will strengthen your competencies to address issues related to capacity development by being able to develop a capacity development strategy, select appropriate interventions and effectively monitor and report on the progress in terms of capacity development.

At the end of the training, the participants will  

  • Have enhanced their knowledge to develop a Capacity Development Strategy tailored to a specific results framework
  • Have gained an overview of a wide range of Capacity Development tools and sharpened their ability to select those tools effectively contributing to their outcomes and outputs
  • Have reflected upon challenges of Capacity Development within the context of the project cycle: Planning, Implementation as well as Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Have deepened their know-how on designing interventions aligned to a specific CD strategy
  • Be able to formulate capacity sensitive indicators for tracking/measuring progress in terms of Capacity Development at following levels: individual, organization, network and system

Content / Topics

  • Capacity Development: Key Concepts, Principles and Tools
  • Key steps and elements in formulating a CD strategy
  • Formulating a CD strategy for selected projects of the participants
  • Overview of Tools for improving individual competencies, organisational & network capabilities and enabling environment
  • Identifying a suitable portfolio of capacity development tools for selected projects of the participants
  • Challenge of measuring capacity development – Formulation of capacity sensitive indicators
  • Understanding the relevance of capacity development in light of OECD-Evaluation Criteria and SDGs 

About the trainers

Mohan Dhamotharan (M.Sc.) is facilitator and trainer with 25 years experience in the space of international cooperation. He has worked intensely on topics such as leadership, management, capacity development as well as monitoring and evaluation. His working experience with organisations such as FAO-Rome, GIZ-Eschborn, APO-Tokyo, ZIF (Center for International Peace Operation) – Berlin, Ericsson - Stockholm, LEAD Academy-Berlin and International Project Management Association contributed to a broad understanding of management concepts and issues.


This course is especially inspired and informed through his assignments with FAO which resulted in the Capacity Development Framework as well as Capacity Development Toolbox of the FAO. He has also worked intensely with capacity development interventions of the GIZ and has written papers on competency development.



Aaron Savio Lobo (PhD) is an international development professional with a background in biodiversity, conservation science, and natural resource management. He has experience with Capacity Development efforts within GIZ as well as with other development projects in South Asia and West Africa. These experiences have exposed him to various challenges and interesting solutions in the space of Capacity Development. He completed his PhD from the University of Cambridge on the prestigious Gates scholarship.


Training Approach

The workshop will blend inputs and case presentations from the trainers, reflections and group discussions.


Participants will also have the opportunity to apply the know-how gained about CD to their respective projects through facilitated interactions with other participants.


The workshop applies a combination of learning methods such as case presentations, film clips, dialogue, project review, peer to peer learning and mentoring.


Who should attend this training?

This training is designed for staff of international cooperation projects who want to:

  • deepen their understanding of key features of CD and how this can contribute to sustainable results;
  • develop their know-how on designing a CD strategy for projects and expand their ability to monitor and evaluate CD results;
  • develop their competencies in their project to perform  as focal points for CD
  • promote CD efforts of partners.