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Practice Advice on Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

Capacity Development to Build Democratic Institutions (UNDP)

Summary Advice: The UNDP states that democratic development is significantly strengthened through a comprehensive capacity development program. This program should include empowerment of people and institutions.

Main Points: Continuous development requires an engaged population and effective state structures that deliver the benefits of development and growth to all, especially the poor. According to UNDP, strengthening capacity – at the grassroots level, at the community level, and at the national level – is at the centre of the development challenge. This depth of capacity development helps build effective institutions at all levels and thus helps weather difficult world economic conditions by delivering the benefits of growth and development to all people, particularly the poorest. It is institutions that sustain policies, allowing policies to evolve from words into actions governing the development process. The development of the institution – at the grassroots level, at the community level, at the national level – is at the centre of the development challenge, be it about its human resource base, the systems or the environment in which it must function

Yet, capacity development is about transformations in people, organizations and societies. Therefore, capacity development can only be successful when working to improve policies is combined with improvements in the capacity of people, organizations and the larger community.

Source: UNDP "Capacity Development: Empowering People and Institutions – Annual Report (2008), P1, P3, P11." at (accessed 28 December, 2012).

Page Created By: Ruby Dagher on 28 December 2012. Updated by Ian Clark on 2 January 2013. The content presented on this page is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases. This material does not necessarily reflect the official view of the publishing organization.

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