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Capacity Development and Building

DeBrenna LaFa Agbényiga

in Encyclopedia of Social Work

Published by NASW Press and Oxford University Press


Published online December 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199975839 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199975839.013.864

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As a profession, social workers must understand and work well within the realms of capacity development. This understanding is important because it provides a foundation for working at the micro and macro levels to engage communities, organizations, systems, and individuals. However, the complexity of capacity development has made it difficult for social workers to fully engage from this stance. This entry discusses the historical development of capacity development and building while linking it to social justice. It also provides a theoretical perspective and methods for understanding and utilizing capacity development and building in social-work practice.

Keywords: assessment; capacity development; social justice; community development; engagement; evaluation

Article.  11952 words. 

Subjects: Public and Nonprofit Management ; International and Global Issues in Social Work ; Social Work Macro Practice ; Social Policy and Advocacy ; Poverty

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