Some of the most important work we do can be described as capacity strengthening. Institutional capacity strengthening means work that helps organisations to develop their ability to set and achieve their own objectives.
Rutgers is committed to facilitating mutual capacity strengthening within partnerships based on equity, openness and respect. This approach is at the heart of many of our programmes
Our capacity strengthening efforts recognise diversity and are inclusive. Everyone has an equal opportunity to benefit from capacity strengthening and be involved in learning.
We are committed to creating a safe space for different voices, those who are marginalised or excluded. A gender-transformative approach ensures Rutgers’ capacity strengthening initiatives are empowering for all.
“Capacity strengthening is always guided and owned by those who are learning. Work is flexible and tailored to the specific context and people involved.”
Young people are at the forefront in a meaningful way. They will often also be actively involved as trainers and mentors for other young people or for civil society organisations.
Capacity strengthening should be sustainable and lead to lasting change. Our focus is on transformation and growth. It is not a one-off event, but an ongoing process.
Rutgers explores innovative use of digital technologies and new forms of learning and partnership, to respond to a changing world.
Capacity strengthening in our programmes
Right Here Right Now
Capacity strengthening is used to more effectively, efficiently and sustainably develop, implement, monitor and evaluate this programme, which empowers young people on sexuality and rights.
Young activists in this programme develop the skills to hold key players accountable, from their own communities to the UN.
“Mutual capacity strengthening and learning are imperative to achieve our long-term outcomes. Programme partners all bring unique expertise, knowledge and entry points.”
Capacity means awareness, knowledge, skills, understanding, space, financial resources and connections on this programme tackling gender inequality and gender-based violence.
Each partner brings unique strengths and perspectives we can collectively build on and learn from. Organisations also have expertise in working with particular excluded groups, which strengthens our inclusive approach to gender justice.
Each has a role in sharing tools and learning – this happens within countries, between countries, to and from country-level to global organisations.
Capacity sharing is a continuous process that helps increase the sustainability of the gender justice movement – vital for a programme that involves youth movements that often struggle for resources.