Capacity development is a core practice that FCS applies to advance its vision and enhance impact of its outreach programmes. FCS capacity development service is modelled to ensure that supported organizations are constantly capacitated to deliver to the expected results and document them accordingly to ensure that evidence of the successes achieved is shared. We believe that strengthening the capacity of civil society is central to giving voice to citizens and putting them at the centre of good governance and livelihood and economic development processes that form part of their day-to-day living. In this case, our Capacity development programme is focused towards supporting performance improvement, institutional growth and organization as well as capacity to relate and link with others.
What capacity are we developing?
FCS views organisations from systems perspective where issues, events and forces within organisations are not isolated but interrelated. As such, our capacity Development support is modelled in tripartite i.e capacity to BE, capacity to DO and capacity to RELATE.
Capacity To Be
This entails intrinsic power and institutional ability to operate as a resilient, strategic and autonomous entity. In this dimension CSO will be supported to develop effective leadership and governance structures, comprehensive strategies and appropriate internal systems. CSO will be supported to conduct organizational capacity assessment
Capacity To Do
This focuses on CSO outreach programmes that relate to FCS thematic areas of governance and livelihood. Capacity development in this dimension shall therefore include series of capacities related to project management , technical skills on PETS and SAM, Gender Based Violence, advocacy for PWDs rights as well as citizens participation in Democratic processes
Capacity to relate
This entails capacity to form positive external relations with other organisations and institutions The aim is to facilitate structured collaboration amongst development actors as a basis of enabling greater cohesion, integration, acceleration and scale up of impact.
Whose capacity are developing?
Given its mandate and its unique role of nurturing CSOs in Tanzania , FCS capacity development services as focused towards developing capacities of different development actors including:-
Individuals: Such as CSO leaders, fieldworker’s, community members including women and youth, policy makers and other government officials etc. We recognise that change happens as a result of individual as well as collective action. Similar, changes at the personal levels are key to organisational and societal development. Usually capacity building objectives at this level are framed around skills development training to staff and members of CSOs.
Organisations: FCS recognises that many of organizational needs lies deeper than just lack of resources and skills. As such we apply an in-depth organisational wide process of fostering organizational change. The process is conducted in manner that ownership of change process is firmly placed in the hand of the organizations concerned.
Network organizations, movements and coalitions: Capacity building support at this levels focuses on particular subgroups of organisations, and thus there this more common ground amongst the sectors. The objective is to strengthen capacities in relation to specific areas of common interest in relation to the makeup of the subgroup. Strong emphasis is placed on the development of relational capacities, with a view to strengthen the collective voice and profile of that particular subset of civil actors
Sector levels capacity development
Capacity support service at this level focuses on the Civil Society Sector as a whole rather than those of one organization or subsets of organization. Work at this level focuses on addressing commonly shared capacity challenges and aim to reinforce the good practice of the sector .Level of work encompasses objectives which focus on building the credibility of the sector at large
How are we developing capacity?
FCS employs programmatic approach to capacity development. That draws upon multiple methodologies and learning styles including:- organisational capacity assessment, face to face training, technical assistance in developing policy manuals, systems strengthening facilitated workshops and consultancies, change management and organisation development services, experience sharing forums, reflection and learning platforms , mentoring and coaching, onsite visits, peer learning, exchange visits, research, analysis and information sharing, consultancies services etc.
The choice of the approach is informed by the level of capacity building, context as well as the target groups. Some activities particularly lend themselves to capacity building work at the levels of the civil society sector as a whole, whist others are more appropriate for capacity building at the level of individual organisation or individual staff or members of the organisation.