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Building Sustainable Capacity: Challenges for the Public Sector
This study is part of an effort to assess and support more effective capacity building initiatives in developing countries. The goal is not to deconstruct the failures of the past but to help construct the future--to find ways to contribute more effectively to capacity building for sustained development. While economic and social development require a wide range of capacities that reach far beyond the public sector--to characteristics of civic society and markets and to historical, cultural, and international conditions--the authors focus primarily on public sector capacity. They believe that the ability of government to perform effectively is central to a changed definition of the role of the state in development and its ability to respond to the challenging demands of new global and domestic conditions.