Community Capacity Building

“If we ask a different question we get a different answer.”

Capacity building is the process by which people and organisations increase their abilities to solve problems, take action and work with other people.

Some key things:

• It is community-led. It starts from what people want to do – their concerns and priorities and their reasons for wanting to increase their abilities.

• It is asset-based. It builds on the skills and resources that people and communities already have.

• The focus is on both the individual and the collective. The aim is to build both the abilities of individual people and the overall abilities within a group or community.

• The communities are those to which people see themselves belonging. It can be people living in an area, communities of experience, shared characteristics, and/or communities of interest. People can – and mostly do – belong to several communities.

Examples:

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