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date: 29 November 2022

Capacity Buildinglocked

Capacity Buildinglocked

  • Karen A. Johnson, Karen A. JohnsonThe University of Alabama School of Social Work
  • Sherron WilkesSherron WilkesThe University of Alabama School of Social Work
  •  and Tania Alameda-LawsonTania Alameda-LawsonThe University of Alabama School of Social Work


A half-century since its emergence, capacity development and building (CDB) remains an important strategy in countering societal and structural inequities. Yet, despite its importance, 20 years into the 21st century, these schisms have sorely deepened. Macro levels of divide are juxtaposed against a backdrop of meaningful CDB efforts and gains, nationally and internationally. The social work profession and social work educators should critically examine the ways in which CDB has been enacted to date. CDB efforts have directly and indirectly created transformational and sustainable improvements at individual, organizational, community, and societal levels of practice. CDB strategies may further deepen their impact on unjust systems, community, and societal change and have implications for social work education, practice, and research.


  • Macro Practice

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