Center for Development and Capacity Building (CDCB) is a local civil society think-tank non-profit making Organization. The center was established in 2012 by a group of practitioners, academia and civil society leaders with the objective of supporting the development efforts of Regional States and local governments through trainings, research and advisory services. Center for Development and Capacity Building (CDCB) has identified four key programs in the process of supporting regional government institutions. These include:

Capacity Building Programs

One of the major and priority areas of CDCB is to support the regional through various capacity building programs. These include organizing Capacity Building Trainings for Regional Institutions. Identifying Institutional capacity gap is a key task before the intervention. The capacity Building demand of the region is identified in CDCB’s five years Strategic Management Plan (SPM).  Based on the SPM CDCB planned several capacity building programs including training packages through its volunteer networks of professionals.

Project Based Programs

CDCB has adopted two mechanisms in which project based programs are implemented. The first one is soliciting funds from donors to implement innovative projects having economic and social benefits for the society, specially the poor. This program focuses on the projects having multiple benefits and to be scaled up to other areas of similar context. The second one is implementing projects based on the demand of regional institutions.

Research Programs

CDCB believes in evidence based advisory services to the regional government institutions and leadership. Accordingly, CDCB has planned several research and study projects/priorities in its strategic plan. In addition, the center is keen to undertake a study or research when requested by the institutions. On top of this the CDCB has better record in the past few years’ experiences in undertaking various studies.

Providing Advisory service to Regional Institutions

One of the mechanisms CDCB designed to support/strengthen the regional offices is through creating a platform for professionals to assist the region with their professional skill and knowledge. Accordingly, six key thematic areas of CDCB are identified in the organization’s five years strategic plan, such as: (a) Leadership and Governance, (b) Economic Development, (c) Environments and Natural Resource, (d) Social Sector (e) Culture, and (f)Urbanization and Urban Development. So far the professional teams are organized under three core technical teams and proposed their regional priority areas to the regional government. This is done through serious of forums, workshops, consultation and conferences. The output of the workshops to be given to the regional leadership and relevant institutions in the form of advice or policy reviews.  

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