In early 2016, DiploFoundation and the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) signed an agreement for cooperation in the field of capacity development. As a first step, the two organisations agreed to run two sessions of the Diplo/LenCD online course on Capacity Development, based on the LenCD Learning Package on Capacity Development, for ACBF staff members.
The first session recently came to a successful close, when the accomplishments of the 15 participants who completed the first session were recognised during a certificates award ceremony at ACBF.
The online course demands ten weeks of focussed attention from participants, studying comprehensive materials on capacity development, and discussing their own experiences and challenges. The ACBF decided to involve staff from operations; knowledge, monitoring and evaluation; and administration in the courses, in order to increase the understanding of each staff member on ACBF’s core activity of capacity development in the African context. The facilitation team included international and African capacity development experts. The experience was challenging but rewarding, according to participants who attended the first session.
Fasil Yilma Tekeleselassie, one of the participants, said:
‘The course offered us a good opportunity to learn in depth the concepts, theories and practices in capacity development. We are now equipped with better understanding of CD process, capacity needs, and tools & approaches to address them.’
Asked to summarise key learning from the course, Fasil responded:
‘CD is more effective and sustainable when a) key stakeholders are adequately and actively involved from the need assessment, design, to implementation and evaluation b) carried out by locals and supported by external parties c) demand-driven and not imposed.’
The second session is currently underway with 35 participants enrolled.
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