Research reports

  1. 2016 Magnus Hagelsteen, Joanne Burke International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
    Capacity development for disaster risk reduction (DRR) has been identified as one of the main ways of substantially reducing disaster losses. In previous research, several elements have been identified that are important in capacity development for DRR. For this study, documentation from nine international capacity development projects for DRR has been analysed. The projects were undertaken by a Swedish civil governmental agency, during the period 2007–2013. The documentation analysis was complemented with seven interviews with the organisation's project managers. The purpose was...
  2. 2016 African Capacity Building Foundation African Capacity Building Foundation
    Of the world’s developing regions, Sub-Saharan Africa has the worst infrastructure deficit, with studies pointing to lost growth opportunities. This study presents in one document information previously dispersed on the region’s infrastructure stock and modes of financing. It assesses infrastructure’s role in the region’s economic growth. It identifies specific capacity constraints that have hindered the private sector’s participation in infrastructure financing. And it suggests a framework for advancing institutional and human resource capacities to boost...
  3. 2015 David Booth, ed. Overseas Development Institute
    Over the past 20 years, many African countries have experienced sustained economic growth. Few, however, have embarked on the kind of structural change, driven by rising productivity in key sectors, that has been responsible for transforming mass living standards in parts of Asia. The Developmental Regimes in Africa (DRA) project has been investigating the causes and implications of this worrying scenario, building on the findings of previous research by the Tracking Development project (TD) and the Africa Power and Politics Programme (APPP). Exploiting further the systematic comparative...
  4. 2014 Brian Lucas GSDRC
    This report examines current thinking on best practice in Capacity Development for national-level government institutions in fragile and conflict-affected states. The report looks at donor support and evaluation programmes to identify common practices and lessons learned. Key findings include: There is a clear international consensus on desirable principles for capacity development in fragile states, which include country ownership, use of country systems, improvements to technical assistance and training, adapting initiatives to local contexts, a focus on adaptive and flexible approaches, a...
  5. 2014 Hans Born, Benjamin Buckland and William McDermott Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF)
    This paper seeks to explore capacity development of ombuds institutions for the armed forces. The writers draw conclusions based on literature review and a workshop on attended by representatives from several ombuds institutions. The paper concludes that there are no consistent capacity development activities on ombuds institutions and if they took take place it has been in isolated, ad hoc and reactive manners. Capacity development in these institutions could be much more effective if it was better coordinated, involved the pooling of resources and  systematic follow up of initial...
  6. 2010 James Hradsky OECD
    “Technical co-operation” (sometimes used interchangeably with the term “technical assistance”) is generally acknowledged by donors to include the traditional aid categories of technical assistance, training and educational grants. These potentially quite different support actions nevertheless have the common (and sometimes overlapping) objective of supporting the capacity development of the partner country. With the onset of modern approaches to aid in the 1960s, technical co-operation and financial support, packaged in the form of short term donor projects, seemed...
  7. 2014 Niels Keijzer Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik / German Development Institute
    This paper analyses the policies and priorities of the governments of Cambodia and Malawi with respect to capacity development support (CDS), based on secondary research evidence and perceptions of effectiveness from a wide range of stakeholders. The study concentrates on the two governments’ overall objectives and strategies on CDS and contrasts these to the situation in the health and education sectors, as two sectors that generate a strong need for capacity development and attract a significant portion of development cooperation. The study concludes that it is not formal strategies...
  8. 2014 Richard Batley and Daniel Harris ODI
    The service characteristics approach, described here, was developed as a tool to explain the political dynamics of particular services. It has been tested and elaborated in discussion with specialists in health, education, water and sanitation, focusing on current debates in each sector. We find that service characteristics may reinforce each others’ effects on the likelihood of competitive provision, on access to and exclusion from services, on monitorability by policymakers and managers, on users’ capacity to organise demands and, ultimately, on the political salience or...
  9. 2014 Andrew Robertson, Rupert Jones-Parry and Anne Wolf Nexus Strategic Partnerships Limited
    Social, economic and political processes are complex, and happen differently at varying speeds in different contexts. Reforms of the public sector have all too often mixed results given that: i) change initiatives are usually politically sensitive; ii) as a result, implementation is complex and all too often ends in failure; and iii) not enough is known about ‘what really works’. This new book, published in connection with the UN Public Service Forum 2014, presents a range of experience in national public service reform, transparency, accountability and inclusive growth and e-...
  10. 2009 Anton de Grauwe UNESCO
    Capacity development is a fundamental action, without which countries will not achieve their development goals.  Without capacity, there is no development.  However, capacity development activities have not always led to the expected impact on capacity: while they have regularly improved individuals' skills, they have seldom succeeded in transforming the organizations to which these individuals belong.  There is a need to examine the reasons for this relative failure and to propose innovative and relevant policies and strategies. This document highlights some foundational...