Capacity Building Has a Face and a Name

August 16, 2016  |  by

The term capacity building is used a lot in international development and the water sector. It’s a nice, compact phrase that tries—but fails—to capture just how powerful it can be in peoples’ lives. Sure we need clean, universal phrases to help standardize communication, but they can sterilize emotion and impact: the very things that compel…

Low-Tech Design Can Fuel WASH Innovations & SDG6

June 17, 2016  |  by

Low-tech, scalable, local solutions present an exciting opportunity to address the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) objectives laid out in goal number six of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There is no one-size-fits-all solution to tackling WASH issues, but in order for development projects to be successful and sustainable, communities should not be…

The Business Case for Capacity Building

May 12, 2016  |  by

A growing list of reports argue for increased emphasis and investment in capacity building for international development. That’s a good thing. Why then has that increased attention largely failed to catalyze funders and implementers to make greater investments in capacity building? Capacity building is too often treated like a minor add-on to an infrastructure project, thought…