The Capacity Development unit is currently headed by Dr. Iddo Dror. The unit operates from its two principal sites in Nairobi, Kenya and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It works to expand the capacity of scientific professionals from developing countries to conduct livestock-related research for development - by integrating capacity development initiatives into strategic research projects, institutional capacity development, innovative training approaches, resource development and Graduate Fellowships.
Capacity Development at ILRI involves the development of attitudes, skills, institutional set ups as well as knowledge in agricultural research and development. ILRI works with individuals, organizations and institutions engaged in research and development as well as those making agricultural investment decisions at all levels across the sector. ILRI views its Capacity Development work as an integral element to successful livestock research for development.