Capacity building is sometimes described as the ‘invisible work’ of health promotion. It is the ‘behind the scenes’ effort by practitioners that increases the likelihood that effective health promotion programs will be sustained.
It aims at developing necessary prerequisites for successful and sustainable health promotion implementation. Capacity building encompasses the concept of enabling (individuals, organizations, systems) for positive changes, and strengthens their capacities to perform effectively in solving problems.
Capacity building is an approach encompassing the development of sustainable skills, organisational structures, resources, and commitment to improvement of health especially in other sectors.