Capacity Building contributes to the reduction of poverty through enhanced opportunities for employment and increased earnings, as well as through strengthening cohesion in communities for priority building and the management of assets.
The major objectives of the capacity building component are:
- To enhance the capacity of individuals in communities with marketable skills to access and/or improve employment and other income generating opportunities to improve and sustain income earning capacity.
- To strengthen fragile community organizations for the creation of better leadership and community mobilization.
- To strengthen institutional capacity of implementing agencies for improved accountability and sustainability of interventions.
Areas of capacity building include:
Livelihood Enhancement Skills
Opportunities for the acquisition of skills that support economic activity will continue to be a primary vehicle through which BNTF will contribute to the reduction of poverty. Capacity Building programmes will, therefore, seek to empower individuals (and where appropriate, groups) to achieve independence and esteem through increased capabilities to earn and attain secure livelihoods. Capacity Building will be provided for youth and adults and will seek to enhance and sharpen knowledge, technical skills and social attributes necessary for entry and satisfactory participation in the labour force.
Community Capacity-Building Skills
Programmes will be supported for the inclusion of vulnerable individuals and groups in the mainstream of economic and social activities. Such interventions will facilitate training to acquire skills in leadership and decision-making, ICTs, conflict resolution, participatory planning and monitoring and other community organising activities such as disaster mitigation planning. Programmes will be supported for strengthening stakeholder institutions in the sustainability of the outcomes of BNTF interventions in communities.
Integrating Capacity Building into Sub-Projects
BNTF recognizes the important role of sub-projects as catalysts in the process of community development and community mobilization. In order to support capacity building of individuals, organisations and communities, each infrastructure sub-project will include appropriate capacity building components. The capacity building components will not be limited to training in maintenance skills.