Collaborative capacity building is the new buzz word that can apply to anything. What makes this special to human trafficking? I think that we should coin a new term “iCapacity.” It sounds modern, fast and efficient; like you download the app and get results within seconds. Unfortunately, good capacity-building takes longer than that. But do we need to make it more complicated than it should be? If we define capacity building as an evidence-driven process of strengthening the abilities of individuals, organisations and systems to perform core functions through the planned development of (or increase in ) knowledge, output rate, management skills and other capabilities through acquisition, incentives, technology or training… that sounds like a mouthful of jargon. Where is the “i” in iCapacity? The “i” lies in the evidence. Evidence is a visible and shared key performance indicator that proves a core function has reached a benchmark and can be continuously improved. This system works on a global basis when you consider the sport statistics for the Olympic Games. Everyone knows and agrees when a new world record has been set.The bigger question is in the how to set and monitor such indicators in the global fight against Trafficking in Human Beings. The “i” exists to indicate that I care about stopping human trafficking. Do companies have a robust capacity plan based on a growth strategy with goals and performance indicators? Do we really know where to set the finish line?
Capacity shouldn’t be a barrier in the fight against human trafficking. It should be an enabler. iCapacity means focusing what you can do and finding the right partners to fill in the blanks with innovation. Find out more about Collaborative capacity building.