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Capacity building requires investment at whatsoever level it is required. Capacity building is neither just training nor development of skill and competencies at individual or staff level as often erroneously believed. It is a concept that goes beyond that pedestrian understanding and is broader and to be holistically seen as systemic. It is an all-encompassing perspective involving functional clusters of either individuals, workplace organizations, institutions, societies, governments etc.
For a better understanding of the role of investments in capacity building, it is crucial to clearly define capacity building in all its various aspects. Quite often, the notion of capacity building is seen as the idea of increasing or developing skills and competencies at an individual level, i.e. training of staff which it is most definitely not.
International organizations and institutions have increasingly engaged in capacity development policies. In Nigeria for example, the EU sponsored SURFEGOR is a prime example. Retreats are being organized to build capacity at various levels too – Legislature, Presidency, Civil Service, CSOs. Wherever they are taking place, the aims and objectives remain the same – building stronger teams, systems, creating a learning organization, accelerating corporate functionality, improving performance in every sphere and society. It is the only way to go in the highly competitive world we live in today if societies and clusters are not to ‘Dinosaur out’ or condemn themselves to dysfunctionality and under-development.