IRD defines capacity building as a coordinated, participatory process that engages individuals, organizations, and communities to develop and strengthen skills that increase their self-sufficiency. Community-based organizations with capacity design, manage, deliver, evaluate, and sustain targeted programs that improve the quality of life. In some degree all of IRD's work builds capacity, and the concept is an essential component of our mission to "provide the tools and resources needed to increase self-sufficiency." The case studies, best practices, and success stories featured here show the multiple ways.
IRD supports communities to become self-sufficient – to guide their own learning, lead their own development, and improve their own quality of life.
Efforts to rebuild Afghanistan have been hampered by the lack of qualified construc... more
Colombia’s struggle against drug production and export, terrorism, and other armed... more
Conflict and instability have become daily features of Iraqi life. In northern Iraq... more
An Integrated Approach to Infrastructure Rebuilding infrastructure in areas emerg... more
Yemen is the poorest country in the Arab world and consistently ranks at the bottom... more
The Gaza Employment Generation through NGOs Program (GEGNP) aided students in the G... more
The Engineering, Quality Assurance, and Logistical Support Program (EQUALS) provide... more
The Strategic Provincial Roads Program in Southern and Eastern Afghanistan (SPR) co... more
Through the ESOCUIDA project (the Portuguese acronym for Empowerment of Civil Socie... more
Victims of conflict in the Pakistani Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province and the F... more
IRD and its partner organization SNV are implementing the $3 million onion value ch... more
Religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq have long faced discrimination; many still... more
Pakistan produces 13 million tons of fruit and vegetables, worth over $2 billion ea... more
Building citizens’ confidence and trust in government are fundamental to achieving... more