Helping people “be the change they wish to see.”

Strengthening people, communities and our local partners from within so they can lead their own development:

creates self-sufficiency and independence drives effectiveness, efficiency and growth achieves permanent gains in poverty alleviation through sustainable programming is “…central to achieving economic growth, reducing poverty and equalizing opportunity.” The Rockefeller Foundation
Sustainable farming in Africa

First crop grown thanks to new irrigation system, Leogane, Haiti © CFTC 2012

Weaving in Africa

Your support for women’s basket-weaving means better income and empowerment for women like this one in Nyariga, Ghana © CFTC 2012


Building capacity three ways: Among our local partners; within our country and head offices; and in the communities in which we work.

Community capacity: programs are driven by communities’ own stated needs, solutions are developed by the communities themselves, communities own and carry solutions forward independently into the future. Partner capacity: CFTC’s partners have sound, scalable management, governance, and financial capacities to operate professionally and efficiently; they have the training, skills and abilities to effect long-term change; they network and share learning with each other and local, regional, national policy-makers. Programming capacity: CFTC, our country offices and our local partners are trained, supported, aligned and achieving impact through education and food security programming.

Why Capacity Building Matters

Promoting efficiency and effectiveness today offers the best opportunity for sustainable, self-sufficient communities for generations to come.

Sustainable, long-term poverty alleviation – Community-led initiatives create self-sufficiency for women, children and men who determine their own goals and implement their own solutions. Strengthened local development – Community-based organizations are equipped with the skills and resources to drive local development, maintain continuity in programming, and benefit children for the long term. Moving from charity to change agent – Investing in capacity-building allows CFTC to increase local partner and community independence quickly and shift our focus to areas of greater need. Focus and alignment on CFTC’s Theory of Change – Coordinating change at the local, regional, national and international levels maximizes resources and enables us to deliver and demonstrate impact.

CFTC’s Capacity Building Programs

Our programs help build strength from within: Strong, sustainable organizations that work in increasingly self-sufficient communities.

Building resilience in the face of climate change

Members of the CHANGE project team inspect an experimental crop of vetiver grass, to be used as raw material for alternative income generation for the Bolgatanga community’s basket weavers. The crop brings source materials closer to the weavers, and offers environmental as well as economic benefits for climate-change-challenged communities in northern Ghana.

Village Savings & Loans lead to economic empowerment

Microfinance programs such as Village Savings & Loans Associations in Uganda bring new skills, confidence and economic independence to community members, the majority women. Funds support training, management consultation and in some cases start-up loans to ensure the groups become and remain self-sufficient.

Community health support

At a community meeting in Cameau, Haiti, local partner OMES provides community health support and education. The relationship and trust that local partners like OMES build within the communities are key to responding quickly to emerging needs and creating a foundation for long-term improvement in community health.

Parents’ groups create sustainable, community-led change

The active involvement of parents harnesses the wisdom of the community to create sustainable change for children.

Smallholder farmers’ training sessions

In communities that are reliant on smallscale farming for food security – like here in Bongnotte, Haiti – our partners facilitate group-based information and resource sharing. The sessions are efficient and effective, and also create ownership of the solutions for lasting impact.


How You Can Support Capacity Building


See Capacity Building Change In Action

Major grants for local partners

Capacity building leads to major grants for two local partners.

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CHANGE is in the air!

Despite a difficult growing season in 2013, radio has been key in disseminating information that helps northern Ghana's smallholder farmers adapt to climate change.

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CHANGE makes change

Half-way into the CHANGE project Ellen Woodley, CHANGE Project Manager, reports that great progress is being made on the key activities such as participation rates and yields.

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