Helvetas recognizes partnership and capacity development as a process that helps unleash, strengthen and maintain the capacities of people, organizations and societies over time. Capacity encompasses both the “hard skills”, specific technical or specialized knowledge and know-how, and “soft skills” that enable us to carry out our roles and achieve our development objectives.
Sustainable change must be owned by national actors. Working in partnerships is a fundamental principle of Helvetas’ work. We strive to build evolving, reliable, and strong partnerships to secure lasting impact, increase the legitimacy of development interventions, and ensure sustainable change beyond the scope of individual project durations.
Strong, self-determined local actors guarantee that development steps are locally anchored and designed to last. Capacity development is an integral part of all our work. For us, capacity development is a mutual learning process. It enables individuals, organizations, sectors and societies to manage development change processes. Capacity encompasses specific technical knowledge and know-how, “soft skills” such as networking, leadership and change management, as well as financial resources and infrastructure. Capacity development is a core element in our partnerships with government actors, the private sector and civil society organizations. Helvetas is convinced that different actors with their specific capacities contribute to successful development processes.
Successful partnerships are an essential asset for achieving sustainable change. It is therefore important for Helvetas to get to know new partners thoroughly before starting a new cooperation. We use quality criteria that help us assess opportunities and risks of a partnership. The criteria are divided into 4 categories and are central for effective cooperation:
A detailed description of the criteria can be downloaded here.
Our multilingual experts offer wide-ranging thematic know-how and have in-depth experience in navigating complex processes. Helvetas’ work builds on over 60 years of experience in more than 30 countries.
For any inputs and questions on our partnership approach, please contact our capacity development coordinator.
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Helvetas develops and guides projects. To be sustainable, they must be locally embedded. We support our partners in effectively organizing projects and processes and assist local authorities to better assume their responsibilities.
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