Capacity is a critical and crucial aspect of development work, which is also reflected throughout the Paris/Accra Aid Effectiveness Agenda. Capacity development comes in many shapes and is always transforming. There has historically been a perceived need within the donor community to build the capacity of people, organisations and institutions in developing countries.
Forum Syd's approach to capacity development is to have a bottom-up perspective where the focus is on strengthening the existing capacities while using different learning perspectives adapted to the context and needs. Within our capacity development framework we have several kinds of learning methods, such as online courses, workshops, conferences, seminars and coaching.
Forum Syd adopts a Rights-Based Approach (RBA) in all our programmes and projects – from planning to implementation and evaluation. This approach helps us to identify power structures to effectively address the barriers and root causes preventing the fulfilment of rights. Forum Syd’s own methodology, the Right(s) Way Forward, embodies and ensures our work is rights-based.
Change is only sustainable when determined, implemented and owned by the affected communities. A Rights-Based Approach offers new perspectives and solutions, achieving progressive change with people at the core. Forum Syd sees this approach as transformative; shifting development work from viewing individuals as passive victims or beneficiaries in need, to active agents of change with the ability to influence decisions through democratic participation.
The Right(s) Way Forward is developed as a community based participatory tool that aims at empowering community members to analyse the community’s environmental degradations, gender inequalities, their use of and control over natural resources, and to advocate for their rights. The tool is emphasizing community ownership of the process and creating a space for dialogue between rights holders and duty bearers to address the community’s concerns in a collaborative manner.