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Capacity Development

MESS49, 7.5 credits

Syllabus» Swe Eng

Capacity development has been identified as the tool and process to substantially reduce disaster losses and creating sustainable development. Capacity development is defined as the process through which individuals, organizations and societies obtain, strengthen and maintain the capabilities to set and achieve their own development objectives over time.

The course discusses different theoretical approaches, frameworks and challenges to capacity development, different models how to develop, analyse and assess capacity at various levels, and how to design capacity development projects for disaster risk management and climate change adaptation i.e. project management. The course is to a large extent based on real capacity development projects mainly from the international context, but the approaches to capacity development are also applicable in a national or local level working for governmental agencies, consultancy firms, the municipality, fire & rescue services, and international humanitarian and development organizations.

In brief:

  • What is: capacity, capacity development, capacity building and disaster risk reduction?
  • Why is capacity development for disaster risk reduction important?
  • Historical background and evolution of capacity development for disaster risk reduction with a focus on policies and guidelines.
  • How to design, assess and review capacity development projects for disaster risk management – project management.
  • Introduce Result Based Management (RBM) and Logical Framework Approach (LFA) as a tool for planning.
  • Discuss different tools and models how to assess capacity at various levels.
  • Discuss different frameworks, approaches and challenges to capacity development, change management, being a change agent, and conditions for engaging.
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