Capacity development has been emerging as a central approach within development for more than two decades. This approach has gradually shifted the focus of development practice from simple financial aid and technical cooperation towards a complex new paradigm that encourages and demands active involvement and ownership from the people and communities involved in aid programmes. The approach takes into account the broader political, social, and economic environment in which change takes place. Capacity development co-exists and is supported by older forms of development practice, and is a continuously shifting paradigm as experience informs policy, practice, and theory.
To help you better understand and master this complex paradigm, this course introduces the key concepts, principles, and values of capacity development. The main focus is on building practical skills for better design, planning, implementation, and assessment of capacity development initiatives.
Course materials were developed with the support of theSwiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), theUnited Nations Development Programme (UNDP), theLearning Network on Capacity Development (LenCD), andLearn4Dev.
This course will be of interest to practitioners of capacity development and other professionals working in the development field who plan to start working specifically in capacity development.
This course is conducted entirely online over a period of nine weeks. Reading materials and tools for online interaction are provided through an online classroom. The course is based on a collaborative approach to learning, involving a high level of interaction. Each week, participants read an assigned module text, adding questions and comments as hypertext entries. Lecturers and other participants read and respond to these entries, creating interaction based on the module text. During the week, participants complete additional online activities (e.g. further discussion via blogs or forums, group tasks, short assignments). At the end of the week, participants, lecturers, and guest experts meet online in a chat room to discuss the week’s topic.
Please note that due to the spread of course participants across time zones worldwide, scheduled online session times may not fall within working hours for all participants. Some participants may need to attend online sessions during the morning or evening hours.
This course requires a minimum offive to seven hoursof study time per week. Before you apply, please consider carefully whether you can commit the necessary time in order to complete the course successfully
Successful participants will receive a certificate issued by DiploFoundation.
Applicants must have:
- At least two years experience working in the development field at the sector, national, regional, or international level, with preference given to applicants already working in capacity development.
- Sufficient knowledge of the English language to undertake postgraduate-level studies (including reading academic texts, discussing complex concepts with other course participants, and writing short essays).
- Regular access to the Internet (dial-up connection is sufficient, although broadband is preferable).
- Sufficient time for online study, which requires five to seven hours per week.
Tuition fees are 790 euros per participant, due upon acceptance into the course. A limited number of partial scholarships are available for applicants from developing countries. Please indicate on the application from and in your motivation letter if you are requesting a scholarship.
Please fill out theonline application form.
Please upload a motivation letter with your application (maximum 1 page) indicating:
- Details of your relevant professional and educational background, including your personal objectives and plans for the future.
- Reasons for your interest in this course.
- Why you feel you should be selected to participate in this course: how your participation will benefit you, your institution and/or your country.
- If you are applying for a scholarship (only available to developing country applicants) please include the name and e-mail address of a referee in your organisation.
Selected applicants will be notified shortly after the application deadline.
Late applications will be considered only if places remain in the course. In case of enquiries, please contact us email@example.com