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"Capacity development is the process through which individuals, organisations and societies obtain, strengthen and maintain the capabilities to set and achieve their own development objectives over time."

United Nations Development Programme, 2005

Capacity Development

The Newton Fund and Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) increase the overall quality of research and innovation taking place around the world so we can jointly tackle important and pressing challenges that effect everyone, such as: climate change, public health, peace and security. 

We support the development of people, communities, universities, businesses and governments by fostering sustainable and equitable partnerships between the UK and low and middle-income countries in Africa, Asia and South America.

This content is part of a new series exploring common themes and impact across the Newton Fund and GCRF. Both funds are managed by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and delivered by a range of UK and international partners.


GCRF and Newton Fund change lives by supporting talented researchers and innovators to become leaders in their field. Our programmes help expert communities exchange ideas and knowledge, access the best equipment, and develop new skills to address complex global challenges.


Talented research communities need excellent organisations and infrastructure around them. GCRF and the Newton Fund support the development of research organisations, universities and professional bodies around the world. The funds help to establish outstanding partnerships between academia and industry for better teaching and research.


Research and innovation need the right incentives, laws and policies to flourish. GCRF and Newton Fund strengthen the relationships between the UK and countries around the world, helping to build durable, equitable partnerships at the highest levels that promote research and innovation as an effective way to tackle complex global challenges.