Pub. date: 2007 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952613 | Print ISBN: 9781412905794 | Online ISBN: 9781412952613| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Margaret E. Banyan
Capacity building refers to those sets of activities in which vested parties (individuals, organizations, communities, or nation-states) develop the ability to effectively take part in governance. The underlying assumption is that by enhancing the appropriate skills, attitudes, and knowledge, these parties will be more effective in their respective governing roles. The result is a greater equalization of power, access to decision-making venues, and a more even distribution of society's benefits. One of the problems in defining capacity building is that the terminology does not imply a specific or unique target. For example, some scholars argue for building the ...