Capitalization of Experiences: 1994-2013

Kunde: DEZA - Direktion für Entwicklung und Zusammenarbeit


After two decades of Swiss support to vocational education and training, SDC desires to capitalize on the experiences, in view of outlining the main elements guiding the future of its engagement in VET. Capitalisation differs from evaluation. Experience capitalization is made up of learning processes that prepare change. Its outputs are lessons learnt, and good practices for future application which should further induce changes as outcome; in other words a redesigned practice that fulfils its purpose. Experience capitalization is future oriented and aims at a change in collective institutional practice. Its focus may be on strategic orientation, basic concepts, or operational activities. Therefore, the focus of a CAPEX is not on the usual evaluation criteria like performance, efficiency or effectiveness, but on assets and footprints, on conditions for sustainability, on identification of elements for retention, on learning for designing future interventions. A CAPEX shall produce “capital” of any kind that can be used in future. Such elements are to be identified together with key stakeholders and external observers. Therefore, openness and process design to guarantee that kind of openness and reflection is key to any successful CAPEX. It is there-fore clear, that any capitalisation endeavour has a subjective nature. Thus, as capitalization is neither scientific nor precise, it has a somehow investigative, essayistic and analytical character. In that it resembles investigative journalism.

KEK Leistungen

KEK-CDC Consultants is moderating the capitalisation of experiences, i.e. defining the method, leading the process and instructing local service providers, and drafting a final report.


Final report ““Results, traces and footprints of 20 years Swiss VET support to Albania and suggestions how to pursue the road”