This introductory lesson will focus on making a distinction between advising, mentoring, and training. These terms are often used interchangeably although they refer to very different tasks. The context in which advisors operate needs to be understood. Advisors work in an complex environments with varying- and at time conflicting- interests and capabilities. It is also essential to be aware of the link between advising and capacity building.
The primary role of an advisor is that of a capacity builder. Advisors are called on to help counterparts, or host-institutions, carry out a set of specific activities. Advisors have no executive function. Their role is limited to the delivery of advice, often in the form of recommendations, for moving forward or transforming an institution.
In this introductory session, you will learn about the differences between the related, yet distinct terms, of mentoring, advising, and training. You will also hear advisors speak about their experiences in transferring knowledge and skills, and how to support reform efforts to enable local institutions to provide intended services.