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Horizon 2025: Creative Destruction in the Aid Industry

Author: Kharas, Homi & Andrew Rogerson

The global economic landscape has evolved dramatically since 2000: developing and emerging economies have been driving global growth, new sources of development finance have mushroomed and the diversification of actors, instruments and delivery mechanisms has continued. Transformations in the poverty map and new forces on the supply side of development finance are challenging the international development architecture. This paper aims to stimulate debate on the future of this architecture.

July, 2012

Horizontal Evaluation: Stimulating Social Learning Among Peers

Author: Thiele, Graham, Andre Devaux, Claudio Velasco and Kurt Manrique

Horizontal evaluation is a flexible evaluation method that combines self-assessment and external review by peers. The authors describe how they developed and applied this method for use within an Andean regional network that develops new methodologies for research and development (R&D). The central element of a horizontal evaluation is a workshop that brings together a group of 'local participants' who are developing a new R&D methodology and a group of 'visitors' or 'peers' who are also interested in the methodology.

November, 2006

Human and Institutional Capacity Development Handbook

Author: USAID

A USAID model for sustainable performance improvement.

October, 2010

Implementing Institutional and Capacity Development: Conceptual and Operational Issues

Author: Land, Tony

At a 1999 workshop on "Operational Approaches to Institutional and Capacity Development," 70 participants from national policy research institutes across Africa, together with members of the DAC Informal Network, reviewed and drew lessons from case studies on capacity building practices. This "Overview" of conceptual and operational issues introduced the case studies. The event was organized by the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) and the DAC Informal Network on Institutional and Capacity Development.


March, 2000

Information Struggles: The Role of Information in the Reproduction of NGO-Funder Relationships

Author: Ebrahim, Alnoor

This article examines struggles over information between two non-governmental organizations (NGOs) ín India and their key internatíonal funders. The author outlines both the strategies used by international funders to increase their control over information generation within NGOs and the strategies used by the NGOs to resist these interventions. 

March, 2002

International Forum on Capacity Building: Lessons Learned from Capacity Building of Southern NGOs

Author: Tandon, Rajesh and Kaustuv Kanti Bandyopadhyay

This report endeavored to capture the wealth of knowledge that emerged through numerous initiatives taken up by the International Forum on Capacity Building (IFCB) from 2000-2003.

March, 2003

Kicking Away the Ladder: How the Economic and Intellectual Histories of Capitalism Have Been Re-Written to Justify Neo-Liberal Capitalism

Author: Chang, Ha-Joon

The author states that "there is currently great pressure on developing countries to adopt a set of 'good policies' and 'good institutions'--such as liberalisation of trade and investment and strong patent law--to foster their economic development. When some developing countries show reluctance, the proponents of this recipe often find it difficult to understand these countries' stupidity in not accepting such a tried and tested recipe for development. After all, they argue, these are the policies and the institutions that the developed countries used in the past to become rich.

September, 2002

Localising Aid: Can Using Local Actors Strengthen Them?

Author: Glennie, Jonathan with Ahmed Ali, Maia King, Alastair McKechnie and Gideon Rabinowitz

This preliminary framing paper does not seek to present evidence, but to frame the enquiry into how to improve the evidence base to support the development of aid-delivery options that credibly balance results with sustainability, and the political economy factors of both donor and recipient countries. There are two ways aid agencies give aid to local entities: as core support to the work of those entities, usually with some kind of conditions; or by channelling money through them to complete an agreed task according to a specific contract.

August, 2012

Making Sense of Accountability: Conceptual Perspectives for Northern and Southern Nonprofits

Author: Ebrahim, Alnoor

The author examines the concept of accountability through various disciplinary lenses in order to develop an integrated understanding of the term. Special attention is devoted to principal-agent perspectives from political science and economics. The analysis draws from the experiences of both Northern and Southern nonprofits, that is, organizations based in wealthy industrialized regions of the world (the global North) and those in economically poorer areas (the global South).

Mali Long Term Training and Capacity Building Needs Assessment: Africa Agriculture Capacity Development Training Initiative Strategic Technical Assistance for Results with Training (START)

Author: Edwin, James, William DeLauder, N'Golo Traore, and Moctar Kone

This report is intended to address both long- and short-term training and capacity-building needs for the agricultural sector in Mali, with emphasis on long term training (LTT). It provides recommendations for the United States Agency for International Development's (USAID) intervention for the next 10 to 15 years.

October, 2003