2000. 10 p.
Cohen, Desmond
Capacity is the ability of individuals and organizations to perform functions effectively, efficiently and sustainabilty. Capacity development does NOT take place only through the training of additional staff or the creation of new organizations, but requires an enabling environment to ensure that people are used effectively, retained within organizations and structures that need their inputs, and are motivated to perform their tasks. Thus, in the circumstances of the HIV epidemic, capacity development is significantly more difficult to achieve but simultaneously the objective becomes even more important for the outcome of the projects. It must be ensured that projects and programmes at the design stage take account of the many ways that the HIV epidemic undermines capacity in all of its dimensions, both directly and indirectly, and responding to this challenge in ways that lead to effective outcomes become important evaluation criteria.
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