partner organizations that improved their performance in 2016
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
Maybe. But what happens when the river becomes polluted? When the water dries up? When the government takes away the right to fish?
Pact’s capacity development approach helps people around the world build local solutions to become heard and vibrant, whether that means overcoming health challenges, influencing their government, earning a dignified living or benefiting from the sustainable use of natural resources around them.
It goes beyond teaching a man to fish. It means equipping him and his neighbors with the leadership and know-how to solve their own problems and catalyze positive change where they live – not just today but for their entire lives and the next generation. It also means connecting communities into larger national and global networks for joint learning and scale-up. It means systems-level change.
A pioneer in the field, Pact has been developing the capacity of local groups since our start more than 40 years ago. Today, an acknowledged innovator in what perhaps has become the most critical discipline in international development, we work to improve the capacity of more than 1,000 civil society organizations and as many as 7,000 informal groups in almost every developing country in which we work.
At Pact, we believe sustainable international development isn’t handed down from Washington, London or Brussels. Our experience has shown that solutions adapted to local contexts and designed in partnership with the people who carry them out are the most likely to succeed in the long run.
That’s why Pact’s brand of capacity development is so effective. It puts the power of international best practices in service provision, management, monitoring and evaluation in the hands of people who have a vested interest in the development of their community and who will be there to resolve new challenges as they arise.
Some of our approaches are described in the following documents:
- Pact's capacity development approach: Summary of Pact’s global approach to capacity development, definition, framework, principles and process.
- Gold Standard for Capacity Development: Description of internal standards which help ensure high quality of our capacity development work.
- Organizational Capacity Assessment (OCA): Summary of major types of organizational capacity assessments performed by Pact globally.
- Organizational Network Analysis (ONA): A tool to visualize and analyze connectivity within networks.
- Capacity Development Marketplace: An approach to enhance local capacity development market and demand-driven services.
- Organizational Performance Index: an innovative tool for setting baselines and measuring the change in organizational performance over time.