Capacity Building

SERVICES

We strengthen the technical and operational capacity of local organizations around the world to help them support smallholder farmers, business owners, youth, women, and refugees more effectively. As a result, these local organizations – NGOs, business service providers, banks and microfinance institutions, TVETs and other training providers, governments, and agricultural extension services – are able to deliver better products and services, and the individuals they serve are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to become successful entrepreneurs, employees, and community leaders.

 

We apply human-centered design principles to develop a capacity-building process shown below. This customized process builds critically needed knowledge and skills, improves livelihoods and systems, and produces and sustains positive development outcomes.

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Our capacity-building activities fall under two broad categories:

 

Training. We develop or adapt innovative, evidence-based trainings that fill skill and knowledge gaps, meet identified needs, and systematically build local training and curriculum development capacity. The trainings include hands-on experience, coaching, and mentorships and internships for trainees, along with a cascading delivery system – training of trainers (TOT) and coaching of coaches (COC) – on the specific curriculum and on facilitation skills. Simulations, structured discussions, and participatory exercises engage learners and provide safe spaces for practicing skills. Our training solution includes material design, workshop design and facilitation, administrative and logistical support, and dissemination of training content. After every session, we conduct an evaluation to gather participant feedback and use this information to improve training style, content, and delivery. Throughout this process, we build the capacity of local partners to develop, adapt, and deliver curricula that address the changing needs and priorities of their target beneficiaries.

 

Technical assistance.  We work with local partners to develop specialized technical assistance packages they need to overcome identified constraints, improve organizational efficiencies, strengthen systems and the quality and delivery of services and products, and sustain progress. Our services typically include follow-up support on training, conducting assessments or research, and developing strategic plans.

Project Examples

Syria Essential Services (SES II)

 

Entrepreneurship Program for Youth

 

Ready, Resourceful, Risk Aware (Triple R): OVC, Adolescent Girls, and Young Women/ Insika Ya Kusasa

 

Integrated Community Agriculture and Nutrition Activity (ICAN)

 

Support to Anti-Corruption Champion Institutions (SACCI) Program

 

YouthPower Learning (YouthPower: Evidence and Evaluation IDIQ)

 

East Africa Youth Inclusion Program (EAYIP)

 

Kenya Crops and Dairy Market Systems Activity

 

Agribusiness Competitiveness Activity in Tajikistan (ACAT)

 

Rural Youth Economic Empowerment Program (RYEEP)

 

Feed the Future Nigeria Livelihoods Project

 

Youth Empowerment Through Agriculture (YETA) 

 

Maximizing Agricultural Revenue and Key Enterprises in Targeted Sites (MARKETS I, Bridge to MARKETS, and MARKETS II)

 

Liberia Agriculture, Upgrading Nutrition, and Child Health (LAUNCH)

 

Feed the Future: Northern Corridor AVANSE

 

Nepal Economic, Agriculture, and Trade Activity (NEAT)

 

Economic Recovery and Development Program

 

Economic Prosperity Initiative (EPI)

 

Mafita

 

Competitiveness, Trade and Jobs (CTJ)

 

Economic Strengthening to Keep and Reintegrate Children into Families (ESFAM) Program

 

Lebanon Industry Value Chain Development (LIVCD) Program

 

FIRMS

 

Learning Network Facilitation

 

Scaling World Class Demand-Driven Training

 

Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Summit and Regional Exchanges

 

YSEALI Generation: Power of Entrepreneurship Regional Exchange, Youth Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative

 

Access to Microfinance and Improved Implementation of Policy Reform (AMIR) Project

 

The Power of Girl Networks

 

Integrated Initiatives for Economic Growth in Mali (IICEM)

 

Pilot Financial Literacy Project for Adolescent Girls

 

Adolescent Girls Empowerment Program (AGEP)

 

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Program

 

Youth Economic Opportunities Network

 

Expanded and Sustained Access to Financial Services (ESAF) Program