We are frequently invited to workshops, conferences and expert panels but also organise our own workshops, conferences and courses. We are collaborating with academic and governmental institutions to deliver the technical and conceptual tools needed by professionals and students across the region, helping build a critical mass of highly qualified personal capable of understanding and addressing the increasingly complex real-life problems our societies are facing.

Capacity building in the context of our activities is used to refer to building the capacity of those many individuals in agencies and communities that directly or indirectly take the lead in iniating and supporting the many social process strands that support a sustainably learning society.

GHAI’s view of capacity-building therefore goes beyond the conventional perception of training. The central concerns of environmental management and community building – to manage change, to resolve conflict, to manage institutional pluralism, to enhance coordination, to foster communication, and to ensure that data and information are shared – require a broad and holistic view of capacity development based on system thinking*. This definition covers both institutional and community-based capacity-building.

We develop capacity-building activities within the context of the following themes and projects:





*Systems thinking is an approach to integration that is based on the belief that the component parts of a system will act differently when isolated from the system’s environment or other parts of the system. Standing in contrast to positivist and reductionist thinking, systems thinking sets out to view systems in a holistic manner.