Fauna & Flora International (FFI) believes in partnership – we always have and we always will. In 2018, we partnered with almost 400 organisations, businesses or governmental agencies. We favour this partnership approach because – put simply – it works better for everyone. Each partner brings something unique to the table and contributes in their own way to a common goal.
One contribution we offer our partners is capacity building. When asked to write an article about capacity building and its crucial importance for conservation organisations and their work, I naturally agreed. After all, this is what my role is about. Having committed myself, I was requested kindly but firmly not to use the term ‘capacity building’ in the article, as those who do not work in the conservation or medical field are unlikely to know what this means. It’s true that the concept is hard to encapsulate, but only because the term is greater than the sum of its parts. So, here goes.
Those parts include, but are not limited to, technical training, skills development, financial support and mentoring, as well as advising partner staff on how to develop and plan for their organisation’s future, and facilitating that process. These are all things that conservation professionals need in order to achieve success.
Exploring FFI’s partnership with one organisation in Belize demonstrates how all these parts come together to produce some truly amazing achievements.