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Country Reports

Describes the development context, local capacity development marketplace, actors and recommendations for donors in nine countries.

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Country Report Series #1: Sri Lanka

Author: De Silva, Niloufer

In Sri Lanka, local capacity is determined by three sets of factors: 1) structural transformation in the political-economy and cultures of the nation; 2) the particular competencies, products, services and relationships between the public sector, the for-profit private sector and the non-governmental sector; and 3) the affiliations and operations of donors.

July, 2012

Country Report Series #2: Morocco

Author: Guessous, Nadia and Thomas Dichter

The speed and amplitude of civil society growth in Morocco have created a mild form of chaos. Civil society does not have an altogether positive image. Many people wonder what CSOs do and sense that there is lots of talk and little action.

August, 2012

Country Report Series #3: Moldova

Author: Sugawara, Carmen Luca and Thomas Dichter

The capital city-centric tendency and the lack of decentralized local authority outside Chisinau pose great challenges to fostering transparent politics, decreasing corruption and increasing community participation.

September, 2012

Country Report Series #4: Jamaica

Author: Beck, Jamie and Riley Abbott

Jamaica is hampered by deep garrisoned political and neighborhood divisions that often manifest in violence. Individualism and distrust carry over to civil society where collaboration among organizations is subject to partisan interest or undermined by opportunistic ‘fly-by-night organizations’.

August, 2012

Country Report Series #5: Peru

Author: Goodin, Joan, Dr. Cynthia Sanborn and Alejandra Villanueva

In Peru, the organizational landscape for taking greater national initiative in development work is promising on various fronts, but there is considerable room to strengthen the sector.

September, 2012

Country Report Series #6: Nepal

Author: Dichter, Thomas and Disty Shrestha

Local development NGOs are tied at one end to the "projectization" syndrome driven by donors or at the other end by a devotion to a cause, but limited in scope.

December, 2012

Country Report Series #7: Tanzania

Author: Dichter, Thomas and Keith Aulick

In Tanzania, there is the beginning of a new kind of social capital upon which much can be built. The report focuses on successful cases of local entities moving toward self-sustainability and entities becoming learning organizations as well as on local organizations spun-off or created as affiliates or local partners of INGOs.

January, 2013

Country Report Series #8: Kenya

Author: Dichter, Thomas

The issue that many called "projectization" looms as large in Kenya as elsewhere. CSOs lament that donors do not want to pay for an organization's overhead, much less its evolution as an effective, sustainable entity. Thus, the more serious CSOs are clamoring to be as free as possible of donor dependence.

June, 2013

Country Report Series #9: Philippines

Author: Dichter, Thomas

The decades-long relationship between educated Filipinos and the development industry has produced a cadre of people who know (and accept) the rules of the game.

September, 2013