Capacity is defined as the sum total of a society’s, community’s, or organization’s traits, strengths, and resources that can be leveraged to achieve agreed-upon goals.

Infrastructure and physical means, societal coping abilities, institutions, as well as human knowledge, skills, and collective traits including social relationships, management, and leadership, are all examples of capacity. Capacity is a term that can be used interchangeably with capability. The process of evaluating a group’s capacity versus intended goals and identifying capacity gaps for subsequent action is known as capacity assessment.


  • HG (2020, February 22). Common Terminologies (A-z) Of Disaster Risk Reduction & Management. Humanitarian Global. Retrieved December 6, 2023, from Link


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