In development, Capacity is the ability of people, organisations and society as a whole to manage their affairs successfully. Capacity Development is the process whereby people, organisations and society as a whole create, strengthen, and maintain their ability to manage their affairs over time. We invest in capacity development in the public and private sectors, in civil society and in research organisations.
Capacity development is an internal process. External partners, such as DFID, can play a supporting role by helping domestic leaders to develop and implement their own strategies to improve the capacity of organisations or amend the institutional framework. The Capacity Development How to Note sets out DFID’s approach to this issue. By developing the capacity of our partners, DFID financial aid and technical advice can be transformative and have a more durable impact. The note summarises the evidence and provides links to further guidance.