The CapED Programme

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CapED approach

Capacity development is the main driver of the CapED Programme, the purpose and operational modality around which all interventions revolve. It makes a long-term investment to create the foundations for long-term change, with interventions conceived to succeed, last and evolve. Sustainability in capacity development is the sum of these factors:

National ownership

Capacity development can only succeed when national commitment is reflected in internal ownership. Building on UNESCO’s holistic approach to education, CapED  expands the notion of national ownership across the full spectrum of actors at the country level. Leadership from the top ensures buy-in and political commitment, while the active involvement of staff and actors at the middle management and decentralized levels facilitates relevant support and real change on the ground.

Partnership building and harmonization of development efforts

Partnerships and coordination are vital to improve coherence, avoid duplications and contribute to a more efficient use of resources, both human and financial. CapED’s participatory processes seek to stimulate partnerships and create synergies at all levels. The programme prioritizes the creation of a conducive environment for cooperation, be it to complement efforts, spread innovative practices or extend the reach of interventions through new resources. First, CapED collaborates with key development partners and takes an active part in local education groups or SDG-wide groups while contributing to improved coordination of the wider education community at the country level. Second, CapED supports government leadership in aligning different strands of technical support across multiple stakeholders and partners, including through GPE grants and engagement in processes such as sector reviews, sector plan development and local education groups.

Multi-level support

Capacity development takes place at three levels: individual, organizational and institutional. By applying this principle, CapED ensures that capacity development is not restricted to training people, but also includes bringing wider change.

Five-step approach

The five-step approach, adopted by the CapEFA Programme in 2010, is a key factor for the relevance of the programme’s interventions. Through its steps, CapED continues to ensure national ownership and partnership building, creating an environment where countries define their own priorities and needs, and lead the process to meet the challenges identified.