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  SUPPORTING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
 

The environment of developing countries does not always provide an easy context for capacity building. Even though the importance of human and institutional capacity building in search of sustainable development is recognized and accepted internationally. This may be due to the overwhelming political and economic difficulties experienced by many nations following their independence, too often leaving the leadership to depend on international donor organisations to fulfil this duty.

 

However, these nations urgently require the capacity to take control of their situations, with responsibility and commitment, independently managing their own economic and social development without relying on the repeated irritable approach of donor activities that are regularly incompatible to the actual needs. While the work environment of educated and skilled staff does not offer the opportunities to stimulate employees to apply their most productive capabilities, undermining the effective utilization of existing human capacity.

 

Nations have always faced threats and challenges related to their development, but have never taken the time to invest in a National Capacity Building Strategy to uphold and support a national vision - a document that is intended to protect and promote the state's national interests. The term “national capacity strategy” has gained a foothold in the context of a discussion of national development strategy that lacks any deep engagement with the definition of national objectives on the one hand, and the formulation of general principles of doctrine and policy in the field of national development on the other. Many nations have never distinctly agreed-upon national objectives in writing since the time of their independence, and there is no coherent, systematic, and significant discussion of strategic doctrine and policy.

 

A modern approach to this national capacity building strategy requires going beyond the traditional means. A 'strategy as a design' as being part of and continued by a 'strategy as a process'; an appropriate approach with the required balance of flexibility and significance to tackle calculated development scenarios. In general, the methodology is developed upon the national interests and values combined with scenarios, deriving assignments and tasks out of them. The strategy therefore, should consist of process, methods and products combined and communicated in a coherent way. The institutional question is which “body” will be able and willing to develop and preserve the necessary capabilities supporting a long term national capacity building strategic plan, resulting in the national ownership?

 

Deriving a modern capacity building strategy which does not focus on the past but on the future as being `Goal-Oriented` instead of supporting the common perception of `Solution-Orientation`, establishes a basis for national strategic planning. Altogether it offers a remedy for one of our nation's most crucial diseases: The Lack of Strategic Planning.

 


 
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