Capacity Development in Practice by Jan Ubels, Naa-Aku Acquaye-Baddoo, Alan Fowler

By Jan Ubels, Naa-Aku Acquaye-Baddoo, Alan Fowler

The foreign improvement group invests billions of bucks to enhance organisational capability. yet real-life perform is poorly understood and undervalued as a different expert area. Written by means of practitioners, this leading edge ebook is designed to make potential improvement extra expert and more and more potent in attaining improvement ambitions. useful illustrations draw on reports from the civic, govt and personal sectors. A imperative subject matter is to appreciate potential as greater than whatever inner to businesses. This booklet exhibits how potential additionally stems from connections among forms of actor and the degrees in society at which they function. The content material is crafted for a extensive viewers of practitioners in skill improvement: specialists, managers, front-line employees, running shoes, facilitators, leaders, advisors, programme employees, activists, and investment organisations. released with SNV

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Third, the framework is popular with and used by practitioners. Finally, it makes experiential sense to us and to the approach of authors agreeing to contribute to the volume. This filter focused our selection onto two frameworks, with different origins in terms of time period of ‘discovery’ and their international recognition (Kaplan, 1999; Baser and Morgan, 2008). The two draw on the governmental and non-governmental domains in society, operating at different scales within and across nation states.

Taken together, these opening chapters provide a basic definition of capacity and its dimensions. They set a foundation for looking at the ways that capacity development is actually undertaken, described in the following four parts of the volume. 1 Multiple Dimensions Working with capacity and its development requires recognition of the many dimensions involved. This text brings together two prominent perspectives on capacity from, respectively, a South African NGO and a European-based policy centre.

And many development agencies struggled to keep up with the demands of their constituents and clients as global pressures affected their behaviour. Part of the capacity development challenge in all the cases was to balance the stability needed for developing key capabilities with the need to keep changing them as mandates and conditions altered. In most cases, capacity development is likely to be a complex voyage of personal and collective discovery that evolves over time. This is a less instrumental, more process-oriented approach which stresses the emergence of inner human and organizational qualities such as resourcefulness, identity, resilience, confidence, innovation, collaboration, adaptiveness, courage, imagination, aspiration and even spirituality.

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