Notwithstanding the belief that change is possible, it is often difficult for organizations to change or develop without external assistance or unless incentives exist. Thus, capacity building typically involves the provision of financial and/or other resources to organizations from external sources. Such resources are provided on the condition that they will produce future benefits in addition to immediate ones

Dimensions of Capacity Development

When assisting organizations or communities to gain control over health issues which affect them, there is a need to ensure that dependence on a funding body, or other external sources, does not result. While it is accepted that capacity building is not a fast process and may take several years (Amodeo et al., 1995; Chavis, 1995), an underlying principle is that external resources are provided for a time-limited and not indefinite period. Moreover, these external resources are provided with the recognition that communities, and the individuals and organizations which are a constituent part of them, can increase their capacity to tackle health problems by the ‘nurturing of and building upon the strengths, resources and problem-solving abilities already present
Although external resources are only provided for a limited period, the aim of capacity building projects is improved community health practices which are sustained. However, there is no agreement as to what is meant by sustainability (Shediac-Rizkallah and Bone, 1998).

While planning for sustainability of programs has sometimes been interpreted as ensuring their adoption and maintenance by local organizations (Schwartz et al., 1993; Bracht et al., 1994), this aim is not necessarily consistent with the idea that capacity building is a dynamic process (Bellin et al., 1997). Instead, although organizations or communities may initially be funded to tackle one health problem, capacity building will hopefully add new health targets or result in change of focus rather than ceasing health promotion work after a period of time (Wickizer et al., 1998).
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