Towards a sector-wide framework for capacity development: the 'training for real' project for Uganda

The human resources are the most important resources for delivering Millennium Development Goals. This fact was recognised by policy makers in the Uganda water and sanitation sector, who, with the support of their development partners commissioned the ‘Training For Real’ (TFR) action research project. The TFR project aimed at motivating human resource development managers in the sector and training providers to be responsive to the demands of employers and make professional development of water and sanitation sector staff more relevant. The activities of the TFR project comprised of setting up a sector HRD thematic group and enhancing their professional capacities; research into current practices of capacity development; survey of perceived impact of past training activities; organising forums that brought together key stakeholders in the sector with academics in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs); piloting innovative methods of delivering capacity development; and support stakeholder institutions in information and knowledge management. These activities have paved way for a sector-wide framework for human resource development and capacity building, and this fits well with the trend existing in the Uganda water/sanitation sector of adopting Sector Wide Approaches (SWAps) in management of the programmes.