30 April 2018

UNAI Quiz: Capacity-building
















The United Nations Academic Impact is informed by a commitment to support and advance ten basic principles. The second of these principles is:

Capacity-building - A commitment to building capacity in higher education systems across the world

Test your knowledge about this UNAI principle with the UNAI Quiz!!

Scroll down to the bottom of this article to find the answers.


1. What is capacity-building?

a) Earning a diploma in an academic institution

b) The development of capabilities and objectives of individuals, organizations and societies

c) Researching on economic and social issues

2. What ‘capacities’ are included within this concept?

a) Negotiation tactics

b) Those appropriate to the given individual, organization or society

c) Work enhancement

3. What is the relationship between capacity-building and the SDGs?

a) Capacity-building is a target of the SDGs

b) SDGs are needed to achieve capacity-building in many sectors

c) There is no relationship between the two concepts

4. Is there a single model for capacity-building?

a) No, capacity-building must adapt itself to a particular culture and needs

b) Yes, as defined by international legal agreements

c) No, capacity-building cannot be modeled in any way

5. Is there any role for universities when it comes to capacity-building?

a) No, capacity-building is driven by national governments exclusively

b) It depends on the type of capacity-building

c) Yes, universities are key partners in capacity-building in their research, teaching and community engagement




1. b) The United Nations Development Programme defines capacity-building as a process “through which individuals, organizations and societies obtain, strengthen and maintain the capabilities” to set and achieve their “objectives over time”.

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2. b) Every individual, organization and society has its own set of capacities. UN entities support the development of technical capacities in their areas of specialization, as the FAO does by supporting small-scale farmers in conservation agriculture.

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3. a) Sustainable Development Goal Target 17.9 aims to "Enhance international support for implementing effective and targeted capacity-building in developing countries to support national plans to implement all the sustainable development goals”.

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4. a) Capacity-building is “issue-based and country-driven” which means that strategies are tailored “to reflect regional, national and local needs”. The UN takes into account local conditions and knowledge “to guide global responses and action”.

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5. c) According to UNESCO, universities provide advice and guidance on “aspects of capacity-building across different sectors” as well as “expertise and strengthen the interface between research-findings and decision-making”.

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