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USAID Contribution

Monitoring Organizational Capacity Development Efforts


This resource complements ADS 201 by providing an introduction to organizational capacity development and outlining good practice for monitoring. It is intended for USAID staff and partners implementing projects and activities that focus on developing the capacity of partner organizations.

Organizational capacity is the ability of an organization to perform and sustain itself over time in line with its mission and objectives. Organizational capacity development is an intentional, collaborative effort to strengthen an organization’s processes, knowledge, relationships, assets, or behaviors to improve its performance. Such efforts are often an important part of USAID programming in developing countries, particularly where USAID seeks to support lasting change through strengthening key actors in a selected local system.