Capacity Development

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Definition of Capacity Development:
UNDP defines capacity as the ability of individuals, institutions and societies to perform functions, solve problems, and set and achieve objectives in a sustainable manner. Capacity Development (CD) is thereby the process through which the abilities to do so are obtained, strengthened, adapted and maintained over time. CD is seen by UNDP as a primarily endogenous and domestically driven process. It is an inherently political and complex process that cannot be rushed, and outcomes cannot be expected to evolve in a controlled and linear fashion [1].
This is the common definition for Capacity Development, other definitions can be discussed in the article

See also

Definition of Capacity

Definition of Capacity Assessment

UNDP Practice Note: Capacity Development, May 2008

UNDP Annual Report 2008 on Capacity Development: Empowering People and Institutions


  1. UNDP Practice Note: Capacity Development, July 2006