ABOUT AGP CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT APPROACH
Capacity is grown and nurtured at 3 levels that influence each other in fluid ways – the strength of one level depends on, and determines, the strength of the other levels (UNDP 2009)
The enabling environment: is the broad social system within which people and organizations function. It includes all the rules, laws, policies, power relations and social norms that govern civic engagement. It is the enabling environment that sets the overall scope for capacity development.
The organizational level: refers to the internal structure, policies, and procedures that determines organization’s effectiveness. It is here that the benefits of the enabling environment are put into action and a collection of individuals come together. The better resourced and aligned these elements are, the greater the potential for growing capacity.
At the individual level: are the skills, experience, and knowledge that allow each person to perform. Some of these are acquired formally, through education and training, while others come informally, through doing and observing. Access to resources and experiences that can develop individual capacity are largely shaped by the organizational and environmental factors described above, which in turn are influenced by the degree of capacity development in each individual.
The AGP Capacity Development approach is designed to create ownership and commitment among stakeholders; strengthen gender responsive individual, organizational and system level capacities; ensure that new capacities are applied to improve performance, and support the internalization of capacity changes to ensure sustainability.
STAGE 1: CONSENSUS BUILDING
Involves activities such as participatory and gender-responsive capacity assessments, (identifying key capacity gaps of women and men experts), identifying key capacities at each level, set and agree on priorities, plan gender responsive CD activities, develop gender-responsive guidelines/procedures, etc.
Consensus is achieved on:
- The need to enhance capacity and achieve development goals;
- What capacities need to be developed; and
- Whose capacities need to be developed?
STAGE 2: CAPACITY STRENGTHENING
Involves activities ranging from addressing physical capacity (addressing needs such as transportation, office facilities, and communications); human capacity (addressing knowledge, skills, and attitudes of women and men); and systems capacity (addressing procedures, structures, processes)
STAGE 3: CAPACITY APPLICATION, FOLLOWUP, and ASSESSMENT
Involves activities such as apply gender responsive new knowledge/skills, follow up new procedures/systems that promote gender equity and equality, follow up support (on-the-job support) such as gender-responsive coaching and mentoring, monitoring and assessment of Capacity Development.
STAGE 4: INSTITUTIONALIZATION
Occurs when promising gender-responsive practices are identified, replicated, and evaluated. These practices are scaled-up across the system as best/good practices.