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Capacity Development

Approximately 80% of the literature the Learning Agenda reviewed suggests that responding and adapting to context is key for capacity development programs and effective capacity development programs must meet the expressed needs of in-country beneficiaries.
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Routes of Funding, Roots of Trust? Northern NGOs, Southern NGOs, Donors, and the Rise of Direct Funding

Author: Lewis, David and Babar Sobhan

This paper, based on a review of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency's (SIDA) funding of NGOs in Bangladesh, explores the changing relationships between bilateral donors, Northern NGOs (NNGOs), and Southern NGOs (SNGOs).

February, 1999

Strengthening Inclusive Ownership through Capacity Development: Operational Lessons through Case Studies

Author: Di Vinadio, Tommaso Balbo, Priyanka Sinha, Paramjit Sachdeva

This study sought to understand how capacity development initiatives contribute to strengthening inclusive ownership by conducting a literature review and desk study of nine selected cases where that impact could be seen. The authors drew on the World Bank Institute’s (WBI) Capacity Development and Results Framework (CDRF) to identify five operational dimensions that could contribute to inclusive ownership and serve as the basis for examining ownership in each case.

August, 2012

Ten Year Report: Acumen Fund

The Acumen Fund is a global venture capital firm with a dual purpose: it looks for a return on its investments and also seeks entrepreneurial solutions to global poverty. Beginning in 2001, the Fund focused on investing in social entrepreneurs and big ideas--they call it 'Patient Capital'.

September, 2011

The Evolutionary Life Cycles of Non-Governmental Development Organizations

Author: Avina, Jeffrey

This article argues that non-governmental organizations active in community development exhibit different organizational characteristics at different phases of their evolution. The ability to recognize these characteristics better positions one to understand the nature of an NGO's relationship with donors, beneficiaries and the world around it. In addition, these insights will help the practitioner understand the types of problems the NGO may be facing, their cause and the range of possible solutions.

December, 1993

The Serendipity of Capacity Building: A Story from Sri Lanka

Author: Fernando, Udan

"When we all started it in the midnineties, none of us, including the donors who initiated the process, used the term capacity building—in our case, we did not even know such a term was being used in the development circuit! But after a while, as we were doing it, the term somehow crept into our and the donors’ vocabulary. This story is about an initiative of three European donor agencies in the midnineties to build the capacity of their partners in Sri Lanka.

February, 2007

The Uphill Battle to Scale an Innovative Antipoverty Approach

Author: Miller, Maurice Lim

In this paper, founder and CEO of the Family Independence Initiative Maurice Lim Miller outlines a new model for breaking the cycle of poverty, which shows promising results in three separate demonstration projects.

February, 2011

Theory of Development

August, 2014

USAID: Local Institutional Capacity Building Evaluations

Author: Ardovino, Michael

This document briefly summarizes evaluations of capacity-building projects across several sectors including economic growth and trade, democracy and governance, natural resource management and health. Evaluations are taken from USAID and other donor agencies.

September, 2011

Voices of Capacity Development

Author: Horton, Doug, Abadh Kishore Mishra and Paul Banda

In this issue, published to coincide with the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, Korea in 2011, the editors advocated attendees keep in mind three core messages: 1) capacities develop when the initiative comes ‘from within;' 2) external support can provide a valuable boost to capacity development processes but only as adjunct to internal leadership, drive and commitment, and 3) it is possible to measure capacity development results and to demonstrate their contribution to overall development results, but realistic timelines must be set for assessing their impact.

September, 2011

Working Paper Series: Capacity Building

This Working Paper on Capacity Building is one of a series of 10 papers published alongside DFID’s Research Strategy 2008-2013. It presents the case for DFID-funded research on Capacity Building--drawing on the responses given during a global consultation that DFID convened in 2007 about its future research.


April, 2008