Capacity building projects in Africa: regulatory reflections

"Capacity development is the process through which individuals, groups and organisations, and societies deploy, adapt, strengthen, and maintain the capabilities to define, plan, and achieve their own development objectives on an inclusive, participatory, and sustainable basis" (United Nations Economic Commission for Africa).

As a global law firm with projects across the African continent, we see firsthand how institutions embrace these capacity building principles. For many years, we have advised colleges, universities, hospitals, foundations, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations, and development companies on capacity building in Africa. While perhaps the greatest and most important challenge is achieving a project's sustainable development goals, we must also solve another very practical problem – how to implement a legally sound operation in the host country.

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