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Virtually all of the literature reviewed by the Learning Agenda finds that civil society capacity development is an important aspect of capacity development.
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Study on Capacity Development Support Initiatives and Patterns: LCDF Research and Development Phase

Author: Tembo, Fletcher

This report is the synthesis of a five-stage research and development (R&D) process that examined the Local Capacity Development Fund (LCDF) initiative.The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) provided feedback on and input into SNV Netherlands Development Organization's major assumptions about the LCDF delivery channel, as well as specific analysis of case studies of approaches to supporting capacity development.

December, 2008

Support Organizations and the Evolution of the NGO Sector

Author: Brown, L. David and Archana Kalegaonkar

"This article focuses on the emergence of support organizations that play strategic roles in the evolution of development non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as a sector of civil society. We begin with a discussion of sector challenges from outside (such as public legitimacy, relations with governments, relations with businesses, and relations with international actors) and from inside (amateurism, restricted focus, material scarcity, fragmentation, and paternalism).

June, 2002

The Family Independence Initiative: A New Approach to Help Families Exit Poverty

Author: Stuhldreher, Anne and Rourke O'Brien

The authors argue that America's "safety net programs are in a double bind. Demand for them is spiking. At the same time, government officials at the federal, state, and local levels are facing a fiscal crisis, moving to curtail spending on many social programs in the face of a weakened economy and reduced tax revenues." Given the competing pressures of increased demand and depleted resources, they describe the Family Independence Initiative (FII) as a way to reimagine how to support struggling families.


February, 2011

Think Large and Act Small: Toward a New Paradigm for NGO Scaling Up

Author: Uvin, Peter, Pankaj S. Jain, and L.David Brown

Scaling up is about "expanding impact'" and not about "becoming large,'' the latter being only one possible way to achieve the former. The experiences of five Indian nongovernment organizations (NGOs) suggest the emergence of a new paradigm of scaling up, in which NGOs become catalysts of policy innovations and social capital, creators of programmatic knowledge that can be spun o and integrated into government and market institutions, and builders of vibrant and diverse civil societies.

August, 2000

Too Close for Comfort? The Impact of Official Aid on Non-governmental Organizations

Author: Edwards, Michael and David Hulme

"In promoting a 'New Policy Agenda,' bilateral and multilateral donor agencies are keen to finance nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and grassroots organizations (GROs) on the grounds of their economic efficiency and contribution to 'good governance.' This paper reviews the impact of this trend on NGO/GRO programming, performance, legitimacy and accountability. It finds that much of the case for emphasizing the role of NGOs/GROs rests on ideological grounds rather than empirical verification.

June, 1996

Uganda Program for Human and Holistic Development: CSO Follow-Up Capacity Report

Author: Magumba, Godfrey, Geoffrey Kironde and Xavier Nsabagasani Beinomugisha

The Uganda Program for Human and Holistic Development (UPHOLD) was a USAID funded health program implemented by JSI, that included the award of 46 grants to local CSOs.

June, 2006

Unstill Waters: The Fluid Role of Networks in Social Movements

Author: Katcher, Robin

The author examines social movement networks as a venue for understanding how constituencies of different races, ethnicities, classes, genders, immigrant status, ability, and so on, come together around a common concern with the aim of bringing about some type of societal change. By reviewing the scholarly research and interviewing creative, committed leaders who have built movements, even in the most unfriendly environments, she aims to deepen our understanding of the networks that support them.

July, 2010

Working Misunderstandings: Donors, Brokers, and Villagers in Africa's AIDS Industry

Author: Swidler, Ann and Susan Cotts Watkins

Why do development projects, and AIDS projects in particular, take the forms they do? In this essay, the authors argue that it is because the conflicting interests and world views of the key actors involved—donors, brokers, and villagers—leave only a narrow range of themes and practices that can "work" on the ground. They discuss how certain themes and practices "work" in the sense that they satisfy the varied agendas of the major actors sufficiently to sustain their day-to-day cooperation.

February, 2013