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What is Capacitar?

Capacitar is:

  • A spirit of empowerment and solidarity
  • A network connecting people on 5 continents
  • An organization—Capacitar International with an office in California and an international team of trainers and multipliers
  • Teams, coordinating groups and multipliers—in over 45 countries
  • People who live with the Capacitar spirit multiplying the practices in their lives, work and communities.

The name “Capacitar” is a Spanish word meaning to empower, to awaken, to bring each other to life.

How Capacitar Works


  • Responds to invitations based on needs identified by communities
  • Collaborates with established groups and with other economic and social development effort
  • Models alternative uses of power, as well as sensitivity to culture and traditions
  • Develops programs collaboratively with local people recognizing that an idea conceived and born within a group has the energy to move that group
  • Learns from local people’s experience in adapting practices to the needs and culture of their communities
  • Trains and empowers people to be the popular educators and multipliers in their own communities
  • Connects grassroots people through an international network of solidarity building relationships of cultural and personal understanding.