What is the difference between training and capacity development?

23 February 2012

The terms ‘training’ and ‘capacity development’ are sometimes confused or used interchangeably.  E-diplomacy illustrates very well the difference between training and capacity development. Training is just one element of capacity development. It usually focuses on providing skills for specific problems (e.g. using Facebook or Twitter).  Capacity development encompasses a whole range of activities designed to empower individuals and institutions (including the analysis of policy contexts, awareness building, institutional adjustments, policy research, policy immersion and more). In Diplo programmes, training is embedded within a broad set of activities, carefully designed to take into account the local cultural, policy and organisational context.

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