Organizational Development


Organizations need to regularly consider big picture issues like goals, planning, and organizational capacity. But it can be hard to make time for this in the busy routines of your organization’s daily operations. EMLI can serve as an external, motivating force that will work with your organization to manage these larger issues in a workable, innovative, and sustainable way. With the assistance of EMLI, your organization will learn how to deal with ever-changing working environments and challenges, while maintaining a high level of productivity and efficiency.



An effective capacity building is getting clear on what sorts of competencies, awareness, and skills need to be built. EMLI’s classification of two general types of capacities, “functional” and “behavioral,” behavioral relates to awareness and attitudes.


Functional Capacities are “crosscutting” capacities that are relevant across various levels and are not associated with one particular sector or theme. They are the management capacities needed to formulate, implement, and review strategies, programs, and projects. Since they focus on “getting things done,” they are of key importance for any successful capacity development. These capacities are the ones that companies are most likely to target as part of their initiatives for improvement.

Behavioral Capacities have to do with cultural shifts and changes in attitude. An important component of a capacity building, especially in a multi-stakeholder context, is raising awareness in order to effect changes in the attitudes, practices, and behaviors of individuals, groups, and organizations. These changes include partnering, building alliances, and interacting in new or different ways. The behavioral capacity building can also prompt changes in strategic direction, policies, and institutional culture.