A core facet of SHARE's work was capacity development. We worked with our partners and other key sector stakeholders to support them in conducting research, interpreting research findings and applying these to their work.
From 2010 to 2015, our capacity development activities were conceived to increase the capacity of:
- Individuals and institutions to carry out rigorous and relevant research on sanitation and hygiene and to implement and carry out specific programmatic activities within the sector
- Institutions in the sector to assess, interpret and use evidence for designing programmes or policies.
During this period, SHARE supported 6 PhD students, over 25 MSc students, and organised a plethora of training events for a range of stakeholders. SHARE also peer-reviewed all proposals that researchers submitted to SHARE's several rounds of funding, and offered external peer-review for all the reports produced under the national platforms.
From 2015-2018, SHARE continued to build on these two key aspects of capacity development, but the focus of activities moved away from MSc and PhD students and towards early and mid-career scientists established within national institutes and universities, and staff within national programmes in our two focus countries, Malawi and Tanzania. Some activities were also supported in Kenya and Zambia. This was with the view to helping to expand:
- The capacity of national core partners and national sector actors in carrying out, interpreting, and adapting applied research to the development of national sanitation and hygiene policies and programmes
- The research capacity of research institutions and capacity to disseminate and engage with policy and programmatic communities to ensure uptake of findings.