Capacities developed at the individual dimension lead to changes in skills, behaviours and attitudes among a wide range of actors in the agriculture and rural development sector. Training, knowledge sharing, and networking are ways of strengthening capacities at this dimension.
Strengthening capacities at the organizational dimension consists of taking measures to improve the overall functioning and performance of an organization. This dimension has a direct impact on how individuals within the organization develop their competencies and use their capabilities.
The enabling environment is the context in which individuals and organizations put their capabilities into action, and where capacity development processes take place. It includes: political commitment and vision; policy, legal and economic frameworks; budget allocations and processes; governance and power structures; incentives and social norms.
In Capacity Development interventions, the three dimensions are interlinked; individuals, organizations and the enabling environment are parts of a whole. Capacity Development often involves the enhancement of knowledge of individuals, although the output of individuals greatly relies on the quality of the organizations in which they work. Furthermore, the effectiveness of organizations and networks of organizations is influenced by the enabling environment. Conversely, the environment is affected by organizations and the relationships between them.