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Capacity building for social change in complex environments

09 August 2013

I have just completed my PhD on capacity building (CB) in complex environments at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex. My research question was: "How can systemic methodology help strengthen organizational capacities for grappling with social change in complex environments?" In other words, if social change is complex and contested, and not straightforward and controllable, what should be different about organizational capacity...

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Alfredo Ortiz

Book Review: Creative Capacity Development

09 November 2012

Ms. Pearson’s latest book, Creative Capacity Development, represents a good illustration of the work produced by what Donald Schön would call “a reflective practitioner.”1 She is sharing her analysis and comments about implementation and development of a Cambodia-based NGO, VBNK, where she served as a director for...

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Daniel Campeau

Reading the Mixed Signals on Capacity Development from Busan

30 November 2011

Judging by the public statements here at the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, capacity development has come a long way in the past decade. Nearly all the big speeches and declarations—from the Korean President to the Queen of Jordan—have emphasized capacity development as the critical element to making development assistance more effective and development itself more sustainable.

Yet when we get the final outcome document that will be delivered here on...

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Mark Nelson

Exploring donor reform of business practices consistent with capacity development: GIZ and "Capacity WORKS"

31 May 2011

Hats off to GIZ who shared its new CD business approach in Eschborn on 19-20 May with colleagues from several donor institutions, including FAO, UNDP, Australia/AUSAID, Turkey/DAKA, OECD, UNCCD, EC/EuropAid, SNV, Belgium/BTC and Switzerland/DEZA. The GIZ approach - “Capacity WORKS” - is codified in a 300 page document -- which fortunately came to us in the form of a compact and well written 20 page summary!...

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James Hradsky

Cairo workshop on capacity development

06 April 2011

Another step on the journey! The Cairo Meeting on Capacity Development did not add fundamental new insights to what we already know about CD. But, refreshingly, it brought new, strong and articulate Southern voices to the fore, who, from their daily work, could testify to when and how CD works - and when development partners' despite intentions to the contrary, undermine capacity development through approaches which are not only parallel, but also misses the opportunities to integrate...

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Nils Boesen
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