PLENARY RECORDING: Welcome and Introduction

Opening plenary of the 6th International Capacity Development Symposium. What has IHE learnt over the last 30 years? What is COVID19 reflecting on our global society? Are we in time for change, and can we change? Join below Prof Alearts and Rector Moors discussion on Capacity building online.

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I find the idea or proposal of being able to measure the impact of capacity building to very interesting and important. Ideally, it should be not only measuring quantities of trained staff or personnel or type of training and duration of received, and should also consider other types of indicators such as tools and procedures learned and actually incorporated in the organizations as tools and procedures consistently and regularly used in analysis and decision making, and even beyond this, to be bale to follow-up results in the field (solutions successfully or unsuccessfully  implemented) to solve water issues and problems.  This is still far from being identified and much less monitored in my country.

 

José Raúl Pérez Durán (INDRHI – water resources institute - Dominican Republic)      

It was a very enlightening presentation and talk by Professor Guy Alaerts and wise comments and conducting by Professor Eddy Moors.

Capacity building modalities, scope and dimensioning are usually defined once there are funding and training and institutional strengthening opportunities “windows” being opened.   One cause of limitations of the impact, efficacy and durability of capacity building efforts and investments is that the organization, sector or country does not have a solid plan, nor clearly defined objectives, nor have explicit and transparent definitions of what they want to achieve and when and how they want to reach their goals and achieve results. Another cause of limitation is if the institution, sector or government is moving in one direction and have priorities too different from where the capacity building is focused, and then the efforts and initiatives of capacity building end up being more “decorative” and dealing with peripheral parts of the institutional work and far from the real core activities and priorities of the institution.

José Raúl Pérez Durán (INDRHI – water resources institute - Dominican Republic)