Institutional Capacity Development
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development defines capacity as "the ability of people, organizations, and society as a whole to manage their affairs successfully." USAID aims to strengthen the capacity of education institutions at all levels of the education system in crisis and conflict-affected environments. Strengthening capacity allows institutions to sustainably deliver safe, quality, and relevant education services to all children and youth and improve their learning outcomes. Adaptive management approaches that prioritize flexibility, learning, and change are critical for strengthening institutional capacity in crisis and conflict settings because they allow institutions to identify and solve problems themselves by supporting their ability to manage shocks and stresses to services or operations.
USAID investments support, facilitate, and catalyze capacity development or related processes for committed institutions, including government institutions, non-governmental and civil society organizations, and schools and communities. Key capacities for governments, NGOs, and CSOs include collecting data on existing education services and requirements, and then using this data for education sector planning and improving service quality. Building the capacity of communities to contribute to school resources and provide oversight can also increase resilience and sustainability.