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AFRO-NETS> Capacity Building - two overviews
- Subject: AFRO-NETS> Capacity Building - two overviews
- From: Anneli Milèn <email@example.com>
- Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2001 17:47:42 -0400 (EDT)
Capacity Building - two overviews
TWO NEW OVERVIEWS
What everyone involved in development cooperation - an expatriate or
a national - should know about capacity building; and what about ca-
pacity building of senior policy-makers in health systems.
How to build capacity of yourself, your team, your institution, your
system, your society? How to support capacity building in other coun-
tries for sustainable development?
Critics claim that most of the international development collabora-
tion has failed due to inadequate attention to national capacity
building. Wrong approach and wrong methods!
This and some other developments in the world led to serious recon-
sideration of capacity building. Answers to questions like capacity
for what, whose capacity, why and how, are being sought in all sec-
tors of society.
Two recent overviews were placed on the AFRO-NETS server for
1. "What do we know about capacity building?" gives an overview of
existing knowledge and practice in capacity building. Not only in the
health sector but in general, based on experiences and lessons
learned in various sectors.
2. Also the other article "Strengthening capacities in policy devel-
opment and strategic management in health systems" is a background
paper for a joint planning process by WHO and countries in this
field. It studies lessons from the past. It illustrates different
perspectives on policy-making and examines the key but changing role
of government. The main roles and functions of government in health
systems are reviewed and capacities to fulfil them are briefly ad-
(These two documents are not formal WHO publications.)
HFS, WHO, Geneva
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