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Delivering a livestock program – capacity development?

Within the program, capacity development is seen as a strategic enabler in the complex process of achieving development outcomes through research. It needs to happen across multiple levels—individual, organizational and institutional—and covers a wider scope than the mere transfer of knowledge and skills through training. It is also a key to engaging with stakeholders in multiple ways and at different levels to ensure research outputs are taken to scale.

Particular emphasis will be given to the ‘design and delivery of innovative learning materials and approaches’ (the capacity to use research results and take to scale) and ‘developing future research leaders through fellowships’ (the capacity to undertake research). Working together, strong partners will be better placed to co-discover and co-deliver the program’s research.

Questions

12. What critical institutional capacities are necessary for livestock research to deliver impact at scale in developing countries – how can they best be developed

13. Which ways to deliver capacities to livestock sector actors are most likely to produce results, in terms of improved use of research results?

 

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4 thoughts on “Delivering a livestock program – capacity development?

  1. For livestock research to deliver impact at scale, there is need to first understand who are our target audiences, what conditions are needed to successfully engage them and the role they play in advancing our research outputs. This information will contribute to developing institutional capacities needed.
    Improving the use of research by livestock sector actors could be catalyzed by listing the actors, mapping their roles and establishing an engagement strategy.

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  2. 12. What critical institutional capacities are necessary for livestock research to deliver impact at scale in developing countries – how can they best be developed

    The trilogy of research-dissemination and training is very usefull. It is important to test how they are working to develop a good institutional capacity.

    13. Which ways to deliver capacities to livestock sector actors are most likely to produce results, in terms of improved use of research results?

    To improve the use of the research results, it is necessary to involve all key persons involved in livestock sector. Schools primary, secondary and universities, associations, public sector, religions, private sector etc shouls be involved.

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  3. It is important that capacity development is not seen as a one-off intervention but is multi-dimensional and multi actor process that goes well beyond transfer of skills and knowledge at individual level (training). Critical institutional capacities required to deliver impact at scale would include facilitation for collaboration, navigating complexity, reflection and learning, and engaging in strategic and policy processes-
    by bringing in organisations with an intermediary role to help facilitate capacity building.

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  4. 12. What critical institutional capacities are necessary for livestock research to deliver impact at scale in developing countries – how can they best be developed

    In my experience, at institutional level, senior management must have complete buy-in. Participants from capacity building exercises say that once they get back to the institution they cannot implement anything because the “bosses” are not interested in new ideas. I agree with the comments above that capacity development goes across the spectrum to all actors. Capacity development is also an ongoing process, not a one-off exercise.

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