CAPACITY BUILDING

Knowledge doesn’t have an expiration date. Through direct training, demonstrations and technical support, PanAfricare helps government agents, Community-Based Organizations, individuals and wider communities to build their capacity in a wide range of sectors with a well of fundamental skills that never runs dry.

Give someone a fish or teach someone to fish?

PanAfricare comes down firmly on the “teach” side of the question. Development projects are only truly successful if project participants gain knowledge in the process. While goods depreciate, knowledge gets passed on. If you really want to invest in Africa’s future, invest in an African community’s skills to control their own future.

PanAfricare prioritizes community capacity building which promotes the ‘capacity’ of local communities to develop, implement and sustain their own solutions to problems in a way that helps them shape and exercise control over their physical, social, economic and cultural environments”.

Capacity building fosters a sense of ownership and empowerment, so that community partners gain greater control over their own future development.

 

From our mentorship approach to our substantial partnerships with local Civil Society Organizations, an implementation plan for all of PanAfricare projects includes the phrases “knowledge transfer” or “sustainability”. 

We put these phrases into practice through diverse activities like partnering with government agriculture extension workers on to introduce new farming techniques on demonstration plots, training local masons to maintain household latrines, training community health workers on tools and practices for awareness raising on key health issues and tracking and referring of sick community members, supporting local health officials in strengthening the capacity of their health workers for instance during vaccination campaigns, educating leaders to stress the importance of continued entrepreneurial training, equipping local institutions to deliver successful vocational training. . PanAfricare’s goal is to support communities in achieving self-reliance, because then and only then, can they achieve prosperity on their own terms.