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Institutional capacity building

Institutional capacity building is supporting a relevant health institution (either a health training institute, a Ministry of Health (MoH) or one of its various departments, a Public Health Research institute, etc.) in accomplishing its institutional mandate over a medium term period.

Methods and goals

Institutional capacity building can help institutions:

  • Clarify their mission
  • Develop primary and support processes, tools and systems
  • Build the skills of its workforce
  • Strengthen Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) systems for continuous improvement

Although capacity building and institutional strengthening are often the centrepiece of development programmes, these efforts may be useless unless performance problems and ways to correct them are systematically analysed and addressed.

Central to our approach are the following principles:

  • Building upon existing systems, practices, tools and capacities.
  • Collaborative and participatory processes
  • Tailored to local context and institutional environment
  • Developing products and processes with a focus on continuous learning and improvement

We can help institutions of higher education develop innovative web-based curriculum, conduct hands-on training in practice, facilitate peer-to-peer learning, conduct research to facilitate policy-to-practice, establish quality assurance systems and provide support in obtaining accreditation.

For MoHs, we offer the expertise to support planning departments to project for future health workforce requirements.