One of the most widely used models of engagement with the informal sector is creation of capacity development and training programmes. The following are key steps to consider in developing a capacity development programme:
Capacity development related to informal justice and violence against women can take many forms, but some of the most commonly used include:
Capacity Inventory of Justice Sector Actors. To conduct a capacity inventory, work in a team to list out the types of skills, knowledge, and relationships that are needed to accomplish a project, organizational goals, or a justice reform initiative. These lists can be very broad and inclusive – from specialized legal knowledge to typing skills. Then, if conducting individual inventories, designate an individual to interview all staff and volunteers to determine what assets they possess from the list. This will generate a “capacity resume” of each individual. Capacity inventories can be conducted on an individual, organizational, or community level. The process does not just look for deficits but also examines assets that already exist but may be unknown or under used. At the end of the process, new assets and the need for increased capacity can be revealed. At the organizational or community level, these inventories might look more like a map, instead of an extended resume. With the assets of key players documented, the places where capacity is lacking quickly become clear. See a sample Capacity Inventory developed for use in community building in the United States.
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