Join – Share - Learn
Capacity4dev is the European Commission’s knowledge sharing platform for development cooperation where you can share, learn and collaborate with over 25,000 members. Launched in 2009 members include EU staff, as well as development professionals from EU member states, partner governments, civil society, academia and the private sector.
Created and managed by the Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO), Capacity4dev aims to improve capacity development through knowledge sharing by:
Consolidating knowledge and building an institutional memory
Supporting thematic expertise
Enabling cross-learning among practitioners from EU institutions and other organisations
Consolidating knowledge sharing tools and communities of practice around a common environment
Connecting the Development Community
The platform enables learning and knowledge exchange through online groups where members can keep in touch with each other and share their work; a useful tool for communities of practice to interact online.
Members are welcome to join or create open, closed or restricted communities targeted to specific audiences in order to collaborate and engage with your peers. The group tools make it easy for group members to share documents, ask questions, comment on content, promote events, and share the content of important workshops.
There are dozens of groups to join covering most of the topics and areas that development staff work in.
Every week, interesting knowledge pieces on the external cooperation (projects developments in the sector, new policies) are promoted to the front page in "Voices & Views". There are hundreds of articles available, many of which contain video interviews, forming a treasure trove of colleagues and experts insights and views.
There are many topics pages on Capacity4dev covering the broad range of international development themes from policy, to education. You can use the topic pages as an entry point to find the content and groups relevant to your area of work and/or interest.
By becoming a member of the platform you can comment on content and stay up to date with key developments relating to your professional field or areas of interest. If you sign up to receive notifications, you can receive this information directly in your inbox.
In the People section you can search through members to find and contact colleagues working on similar topics to you.
European Union staff (European Institutions and EU Member States) are encouraged to join the platform using their work email address, as this will grant you access to restricted work spaces and additional information.
The fast growing community is open to all stakeholders and practitioners - 70% of members are from Donors, the Private sector, Partner governments, NGOs and Academia. Each member has his/her own profile page with personalised notifications.
Searching for Information
Members can search the Voices & Views and the groups for interesting information relevant to their work. Most of the content in the groups is crowd sourced, while the Voices & Views are created by journalists, working for the platform, in close collaboration with members of the site and the DEVCO units. Therefore it should be noted that this information is provided in the interests of knowledge sharing and capacity development, and should not be interpreted as the official view of the European Commission. For more information please see the Terms and Conditions.
Capacity4dev was originally set up to support a comprehensive reform promoting capacity development: the Backbone Strategy on "Reforming Technical Cooperation (TC) and Project Implementation Units (PIU)." The platform has since expanded to incorporate a host of topic areas relevant to the development community.
Technical Cooperation Reform is central to the rationale of Capacity4dev, through these fundamental principles:
- promoting capacity development
- taking account of specific and broad context analysis
- adopting a results orientation
- promoting ownership
- working through harmonised and aligned action
- considering different and innovative options for the provision of development cooperation
The Coordination Team
Capacity4dev is supported by a Coordination Team that can help you contribute to ‘Voices & Views’, upload information, or provide tips and tricks on how to set up and moderate your groups. In order to better promote the quality of aid, capacity development and knowledge exchange, most of the members of this team are development professionals and as such are also involved in other tasks. They are:
Pavel Bořkovec, Head of DEVCO.04 Evaluation and Results
Enrica Pellacani, Head of Sector Methodologies, learning processes and knowledge sharing, DEVCO.04 Evaluation and Results
Lukas Hähnel, Programme Manager, DEVCO.04 Evaluation and Results
Diane Kelecom, Business Manager (Capacity4dev), DEVCO.04 Evaluation and Results
Nicolas Casel, Capacity4dev Webmaster, Methodological Knowledge Sharing Programme
Giada Trucco, Digital content assistant, Methodological Knowledge Sharing Programme