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Capacity Building

Maria Isabel Loureiro

in Public Health

ISBN: 9780199756797
Published online May 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199756797-0051
Capacity Building

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Capacity building contains the concept of enabling—individuals, organizations, systems—for positive changes, strengthening their capacities to perform effectively in solving problems. The concept of enabling adopted as part of the definition of health promotion in the Ottawa Charter, integrates values associated with participation, knowledge exchange, ownership, equity, and sustainability. It goes from individual to organizational, community, national, and international levels. It is understood by different approaches, mainly concerning the interventions that can be invested in providing material aid or training skills. The main debates center on whether some of the interventions in health promotion are caring about strengthening the system or whether they are more systemic and sustainable dealing with building local and national infra-structures. Capacity building rests on the notion that change is the norm, because capacity depends on the ability to adapt to change.

Article.  7091 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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