The United States and its allies continue to struggle with how to design and deliver programs that achieve their intended outcome in the short term and provide lasting impacts in the long term. SCG has learned from engaging with policymakers, planners, and program managers that inflexible funding authorities, urgent security and front office priorities, programmatic stovepipes, and uneven donor and interagency coordination hamper sustainable strategic capacity building. Many planners and program managers have never been trained on program design or provided with the proper tools to implement a sustainable and strategic capacity building approach.
To address these gaps, SCG has developed both a conceptual approach for sustainable capacity building and tools to help program managers and planners think differently about how they build capacity overseas. Through workshops and advising, SCG helps build the capacity of government capacity builders to assess, design, implement, monitor, and evaluate sustainable capacity building programs that can better achieve their intended outcomes and impact. Although modules can be tailored to the specific needs of the interagency or of regional or functional offices, the following include some of the concepts and topics SCG’s program has addressed:
A few examples of exercises and modules include:
Strategic Capacity Group (SCG) is a nonprofit dedicated to enhancing the ability of the United States and its partners to build strategic security sector capacity both at home and abroad. SCG assists donor and recipient governments to assess institutional capacity, identify gaps, develop and implement solutions, and improve the sustainability and impact of reform.