Difference between these twotypes of capacity.

  • Technical capacities are the most familiar and straight forward. They are the capacities associated with particular areas of professional expertise and practice in specific sectors or themes, such as healthcare, agriculture, education or elections. As such they are closely related to the sector or organisational context in focus.
    • Functional capacities are ‘cross-cutting’ capacities that are relevant within and across the enabling environment, organisations and individuals and are not associated with a particular sector or theme. They are the management capacities required to formulate, implement and review policies, strategies,programmes and projects. As such, functional capacities have proven to be of key importance for successful capacity development regardless of application.
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