Capacity Building in Developing Countries

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The ability of a country to follow sustainable development paths is determined to a large extent by the capacity of its people and its institutions as well as by its ecological and geographical conditions. Specifically, capacity-building encompasses the communities’ human, scientific, technological, organizational, institutional and resource capabilities.  Building endogenous capacity to implement People’s Agenda 21 will benefit greatly from the efforts of the locations themselves in partnership with relevant People’s Organizing Bodies organizations, as well as with developed locations. It is useful for individual locations to identify priorities and determine the means for building the capacity to implement People’s Agenda 21, taking into account their environmental and economic needs.


  • Capacity building initiatives
  • Identification of local capacity building opportunities
  • Building organizational capacity
  • Expanding expertise and collective contribution
  • Capacity building in developing countries

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Skills, knowledge and technical know-how at the individual and institutional levels are beneficial for institution-building, infrastructure analysis and development management, including the assessment of alternative courses of action with a view to enhancing access to and transfer of technology and demonstrating economic development.

Communities can take active steps to implement the following

  • Consider being involved in the on-going participatory process to define community needs and priorities in demonstrating People’s Agenda 21 with due recognition of the potential for optimum use of existing human resources as well as enhancement of the efficiency of existing institutions and non-governmental organizations, including scientific and technological institutions
  • Help your community in the overall planning, by participating on infrastructures and programs needed for short- and long-term capacity-building to implement its programs


Communities can take active steps to implement the following

  • Help your community in the development and implementation of capacity-building strategies at the individual and local level by participating in technical cooperation and transfer of know how
  • Help your location to designate  a central unit to organize and coordinate technical cooperation, linking it with the priority-setting and the resource allocation process


Communities can take active steps to implement the following

  • Help your community in the evaluation of existing capacity and capability for the integrated management of environment and development, including technical, technological and institutional capacities and capabilities, and facilities to assess the environmental impact of development projects; and evaluation of abilities to respond to and link up with needs for technical cooperation, including that related to technology transfer and know-how, of People’s Agenda 21 and the global conventions on climate change and biological diversity
  • Help your community in its participation process towards the goals of sustainability by supporting  individual and local programs  for shifting to a capacity- and capability-building thrust that recognizes the benefit for the operational integration of environment and development with longer-term commitments
  • Help your community by making  greater use of long-term cooperative arrangements between municipalities, non-governmental organizations, universities, education and research centers and business, public and private institutions with counterparts in other locations or within locations or regions that have integral roles in sustainable development strategies and programs for environment and development


Communities can take active steps to implement the following

  • Help support technical cooperation, including that related to transfer of technology and know-how among and within  Organizations, organs, bodies and institutions of the People’s Organizing Bodies system to promote sustainability development within your community
  • Become a part of a People’s Organized Body that  assists and supports locations, particularly least developed locations on matters relating to individual and local environmental and developmental infrastructures, human resource development and fielding of experts, action, natural resources and environmental data
  • Become an individual or local entity in charge of technical cooperation  supporting a small group of key people to steer the process, giving priority to your community’s own strategies and priorities


Communities can take active steps to implement the following

  • Help your community spread the word by  participating in processes and round-table meetings to facilitate the exchange of data, information and experience in the implementation of People’s Agenda 21
  • Help in the development of individual,  local and regional research and education facilities built on existing regional and subregional institutions

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