Capacity building has been a key feature of Iram interventions since it started work in 1957, and is now a stand-alone activity. The institute provides training for a wide range of actors, sets up and evaluates training mechanisms, and produces teaching materials.

Capacity building is one of the cornerstones of development

Capacity building is a key element of development processes. In the medium term, it plays a decisive role in reducing inequalities and alleviating poverty, and in the shorter term it improves the effectiveness and efficiency of development interventions. Training development actors is therefore an important activity for Iram, undertaken in parallel with its specialist work in other fields.


The training provided by Iram covers the various fields in which it intervenes, is delivered at different stages in the project cycle, and reaches a diverse audience:

  • producers, development agents, members of territorial authorities and local and rural development managers and officials
  • professionals in specialist training institutes and research bodies in the North and South
  • university students and curricula in France and developing countries.

Iram also organises study trips so that actors facing similar problems in different contexts can share their experiences.

Other types of capacity-building activities undertaken by the institute include:

  • producing methodological and educational tools such as training manuals, guides, simulation models and case studies, and developing facilitation methods to ensure that training procedures are appropriate for the target audience
  • interventions on the technical aspects of training: setting up training mechanisms in developing countries and in France
  • evaluating training mechanisms
  • helping develop training strategies and policies.