About this book
This book contributes to our understanding of a neglected and poorly-understood concept within the development field: ‘capacity development’ in the context of international human and organisational sustainable development. Relating ‘capacity development’ to other perspectives in development thinking and practice and providing an account of the concept’s genesis, the book introduces readers to contemporary empirical research initiatives that help to elucidate the concepts of capacity, capacity development, and capacity management. While capacity development initiatives and programmes have been used by most governments, third-sector organizations, and international and national agencies over the course of the last five decades, the term means different things to different people and especially to different major players and stakeholders in the international community. This weakens its effectiveness, hence the need for unification. This book therefore strives first of all to set ground rules that can be utilised by international aid providers such as UNDP, OECD, World Bank, and CIDA and practitioners alike.
critical capacity development development studies human development organizational development sustainable development policy