Capacity Building 3.0: How to Strengthen the Social Ecosystem

Publication date: 
December, 2014

Capacity Building 3.0: How to Strengthen the Social Ecosystem argues that it is time for a renewed conversation about capacity building. For years, the approach to capacity building has been limited to the capacity of nonprofit organizations. Today’s environment calls for a new framework that understands all actors to have their own capacity needs.

As a term, capacity building has been maligned for vagueness, overuse, and even for being a distraction from the core ethos of doing good. Alternatively, it has also been lauded as a measure of good stewardship, the driver of efficiency and effectiveness, and the key to ultimate success.

Reflecting on TCC Group's 35-year history of designing, managing, and evaluating capacity building in a variety of formats, it is clear to us and to those with whom we work that the field is ready for an evolution in the ways we talk about capacity building. A foundation has already been laid for this new conversation by the diverse and thoughtful practice of many in the sector. We hope that by identifying the issues and providing a framework for discussion, we can enable the field to further advance capacity-building strategy and practice, thereby enhancing the work of a wider range of dedicated and conscientious actors looking to have a positive impact on society.

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