Why are Knowledge, Innovation and Capacity important to development work?

The sustainable development approach for individual and organizational capacity follows a cycle of Knowledge, Innovation and Capacity Development. It is designed to produce transformative results that empower development actors for joint action towards achieving development results.

This principle underscores the work of the KICG where we focus on the following:

  • country specificity – cross-sector engagements that focus on tailored ‘local context’ solutions;
  • ownership and partnership – inclusive of all people and all levels  - stakeholders and beneficiaries;
  • flexibility and pragmatism – identifying what is working, as well as adapting, innovating and
  • learning from results - monitoring evidence-based results that ensure local self-sufficiency and resilience.

Learning by sharing knowledge and experience is an essential element of preparedness. By capitalising on Knowledge, Innovation and Capacity approaches, practitioners can effectively align development strategies to local operations, management systems, governance structure and decision support capabilities so that stakeholders and beneficiaries can together adapt to ever changing challenges. 

This in turn builds resilience at every level - by empowering individuals, supporting communities and developing national capacity.

In any development scenario, as stakeholders, we often find the need and importance of learning from peers, finding and connecting to innovative practices and enhancing our capacities to deliver on our development priorities.

Focusing on addressing these needs, the KICG has developed an integrated and flexible approach that can be tailored to a particular context and its specific challenges, be it improved governance in Aceh, Indonesia for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), or addressing the UXO threat in Lao PDR to improving the livelihoods of the poor.