"From Concepts to Implementation"
Cairo, Egypt, 28-29 March 2011
The Cairo Workshop on Capacity Development: From Concepts to Implementation was held on March 28-29 in Cairo, Egypt. The event was hosted by the Government of Egypt with the support of OECD and JICA. The workshop attracted over 70 participants, equally divided between South and North. These included government officials, but also members of civil society and CD specialists.
Prior to the event, a Synthesis Report was drafted by experienced practitioners and under the guidance of a Southern High Level Group to consolidate lessons learnt on capacity development. It offered an evidence-based framework for the workshop discussions. The workshop agenda was developed around such evidence; it focused on progress and shortcomings since Accra, particularly on bottlenecks faced in making the concept and key principles of capacity development more operational. Participants from Southern countries provided evidence of their country experiences in strengthening national and local capacity; development partners also shared their experiences in promoting change in aid business process which better support demand-driven and sustainable capacity development processes.
The event generated the Cairo Consensus on Capacity Development: Call to Action – a joint South-North statement on capacity development for the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness to be held in Busan, South Korea, on November 30 – December 1, 2011. The Consensus was endorsed by all participants.
A turning point towards a Southern-led and action-oriented CD agenda – to Busan and beyond
The Cairo workshop represented a strategic turning point for the international agenda on capacity development, marking the emergence of more clearly stated and organized Southern leadership on the road to Busan, particularly in Africa. It also witnessed a stronger and more explicit coalition of aid agencies and other development partners to support more Southern-led processes.
Participants jointly called for more action-oriented plans in capacity development and launched various initiatives to take actions in a number of priority areas – prior and post Busan.