How to Note: Capacity Building in Research

Improving the capability to do and use research is one of DFID’s main priorities.


How to Note: Capacity Building in Research

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format.

If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.


Capacity Building within the context of DFID Research is defined as “enhancing the abilities of individuals, organisations and systems to undertake and disseminate high quality research efficiently and effectively.”

The purpose of this How to Note is to provide guidance to DFID staff, Research Programme Consortia and multi-organisational research groups with partners in both the North and South, on the importance of capacity building. It sets out a step by step approach on how it might be carried out, explains some tools and concepts that may be useful and includes good practice examples of capacity building which illustrate the richness and complexity of the process.

Published 22 June 2010