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Capacity Development is 90% more than training

What's interesting about starting a new long term is assignment is that you get a chance to prove yourself all over again. When I prepared for my latest new assignment, I discovered that the organisation seemed to equate Capacity Development with training. How could I let my new colleagues begin to think about the fact that Capacity Development is much more than training...

A while ago I stumbled upon a clip developed by Charles Jennings. It's called the 70:20:10 approach to…


Added by Lucia Nass on July 9, 2013 at 18:02 — No Comments

How rural communities in Albania get the capacity builders they need

In 2009, the Albania Local Capacity Development Foundation (ALCDF) pioneered a ground breaking concept. Rural communities were not getting the capacity building services they needed to advance in tourism, forestry, agriculture, and local government. Lindita Manga…


Added by Lucia Nass on June 12, 2013 at 14:30 — No Comments

Promoting Social Enterprise: Scaling Is Not About Money

I have been hired by SNV Ethiopia to backstop the development of a Local Capacity Development Facility (LCDF) in the WASH sector. I used to backstop the development of LCDF’s in the Asia region, and was curious to find out about lessons from SNV’s pioneer LCDF in Vietnam, known as the SPARK movement. SPARK aims to…


Added by Lucia Nass on May 31, 2013 at 15:22 — No Comments

How to introduce Social Network Analysis

I am a self-made woman when it comes to Social Network Analysis: just picked it up along the way and learned from doing. Joitske Hulsebosch (twitter @Joitske) however recently finished a short SNA course with Patti Anklam (twitter @panklam). Joitske…


Added by Lucia Nass on May 24, 2013 at 12:33 — 4 Comments

Informal networks 2: learning from the unplanned

My friend Naa-Aku Acquaye-Baddoo told me about an exercise she did a while ago to help teams in SNV Asia think about role clarity and teamwork. Participants literally "walk" the relationships they have with others around a specific issue or topic, and carry a colored threat to visualise their walk. What emerges on the floor…


Added by Lucia Nass on January 18, 2013 at 5:03 — No Comments

Civil Society Strengthening - "Leading from behind" in Myanmar

I have been home for a few days now, but I am still in awe of civil society in Myanmar.

When I lived there until five years ago, I was involved with an INGO that worked with small grants and mentoring for community based organizations. Other INGOs were inspired by the work that proved possible ‘under the…


Added by Lucia Nass on December 10, 2012 at 14:00 — No Comments

Gender equality in Vietnam

For international women's day, I wrote a blog about women in Vietnam.  "Vietnamese women deserve to be treated special at least one day of the year, as the men seem to do very very little in the home. Listening to newly wedded Vietnamese women, that is not really changing yet either. And I'm speaking to…


Added by Lucia Nass on November 4, 2012 at 10:30 — No Comments

Project Management cartoons

Nev Ward, a project manager in the UK was sharing some suggestions on linked-in for a manual I am developing on project management. He referred to  the five stages of a project (Geoff Reiss, “Project Management Demystified”, Third Edition, p204). It had me laughing out loud:


1. initial enthusiasm

2. onset of reality



Added by Lucia Nass on September 14, 2012 at 10:00 — No Comments

Games in International Development: Fad or Innovation?

People have been playing more games these days in Washington D.C. And I don’t mean the strategies of the Obama and Romney spin teams.

Two recent events suggest games’ growing popularity in D.C. aid circles: this one I attended at the World Wildlife Fund earlier this month and this Tuesday’s upcoming …


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on August 26, 2012 at 18:56 — No Comments

Informal networks: circles of influence tool

With Aung San Suu Kyi Voted into parliament, everybody wants to be in Myanmar at the moment, so I feel especially fortunate that my old friends from Metta invited me to come back and work with them at this important juncture in history.



Added by Lucia Nass on August 10, 2012 at 7:45 — No Comments

Want me to listen? Tell me a story.

If you've ever had any doubts that international aid or global health is a business, then one visit to an International AIDS Conference will clear them away. Between the free frozen yogurt from big pharma and bookend speeches from the Clintons, it was hard to ignore what a "sexy" disease HIV was last week in Washington D.C.…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on August 1, 2012 at 15:48 — No Comments

Capacity Development for Rural Organisations: No Say in the Matter!

The Dhulikel market place for providers and beneficiaries of capacity development services was a first in Nepal. Rural organizations normally don’t buy services to improve their performance. National programs decide what is needed and buy training packages in bulk from consulting firms. That is supposed to…


Added by Lucia Nass on July 4, 2012 at 11:25 — No Comments

Empowerment and civil society concepts in Myanmar

For my work in Myanmar I have recently reviewed concepts of empowerment and civil society. Here are some old and new thoughts about it. (Cartoon from The Powercube)

Personal Power

My friend…


Added by Lucia Nass on May 20, 2012 at 9:53 — No Comments

John Cleese on Creativity, Training and Development

In a rare moment of being out of the movie studios, John Cleese offered his thoughts on creativity, training and development. It is funny, engaging, witty and punchy. More…


Added by Edcanela on May 19, 2012 at 5:30 — No Comments

Social media as a time saver

There are only a few at CBA6 who have discovered the benefits of social media for their personal development and personal effectiveness.  Most still  think they do not have the time for tweets and that sort of stuff.

I thoughht that talking about time saving and other advantages of an…


Added by Lucia Nass on April 21, 2012 at 11:30 — No Comments

Exciting new work towards integration of Community Based and Ecosystems Based Adaptation Approaches

The room was packed yesterday for the CBA6 session on integration with Ecosystems Based Adaptation. It was the most energized athmosphere that I witnessed so far at CBA6 (but hey, I have not been to any of the out-of-the-box sessions which I hear are super too!).

Some of the CBA…


Added by Lucia Nass on April 21, 2012 at 0:46 — No Comments

Community Based Adaptation: facing fragmentation and stakeholder collaboration

I am on a quest to find common ground for a CBA community of practice.

There are a few issues that were mentioned yesterday at CBA6, the 6th conference on Community Based Adaptation (…


Added by Lucia Nass on April 20, 2012 at 1:43 — No Comments

How to connect with the CBA community leaders?

Over a year ago I started my first consultancy in the climate change community. I am a capacity development facilitator, so my first interest was in finding out what others are doing. I got completely lost in the forest of climate change websites and portals, and to get in touch with the right people…


Added by Lucia Nass on April 18, 2012 at 14:19 — No Comments

How to write a book with 20 grassroots organizations?

With development loosing political interest in much of Europe, It has become even more important that stories of grassroots organizations get told and heard. Local organizations however usually dread reporting time, and most will not see monitoring and reporting as an opportunity to learn.

So when I…


Added by Lucia Nass on April 11, 2012 at 13:00 — No Comments

How to organise a live Twitterfeed offline?

My client wanted to have a panel in the seminar for grassroots organisations in Myanmar. They had invited interesting guest speakers, but I have developed an allergy for panels with 4 times 15 minutes presentation, after which the audience can ask questions. I learned that very few people are capable of delivering a memorable presentation. Moreover, many speakers take longer than the planned quarter of an hour, so that time for audience questions is reduced to a bare minimum. And then each…


Added by Lucia Nass on April 5, 2012 at 11:52 — No Comments

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