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Capacity building, capacity development

Glossary Source

For the purpose of UNCCD reporting, capacity building and capacity development are equivalent terms, which both refer to the process by which countries obtain, strengthen and maintain their capability to meet the obligations laid down by the Convention and the requirements of the Strategy. The GEF has identified five main areas of capacity building/capacity development:


  • enhance the capacities of stakeholders to engage throughout the consultative process;
  • generate, access, and use information and knowledge;
  • strengthen capacities for developing policy and legislative frameworks;
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