Technical cooperation: Bibliography


Asian Development Bank, Improving the Effectiveness of Technical Cooperation Activities. Background paper for DAC/UNDP/World Bank seminar in Paris, June 1994.

AusAid, Technical Assistance Personnel - Frequently Asked Questions, Canberra, September 2009.

Baser, Heather and Peter Morgan, Desk Review of Technical Assistance: Emerging Lessons on Australia’s Technical Assistance, July 2009.

Berg, Elliot J. (1993), Rethinking Technical Cooperation – Reforms for Capacity Building in Africa, Development Alternatives Inc.

Boesen, Nils, Technical Assistance for Capacity Development. Discussion paper produced for the Bogota event on South-South Co-operation and Capacity Development in March 2010.

Culpepper, Roy, and Morton, Bill. Southern Perspectives on Reform. The North-South Institute, 2008.

DFID, How to Provide Technical Cooperation Personnel. London, June 2006.DFID internal note aimed at country offices, drawing on in depth research of current practice in different countries. Takes the reader through the technical cooperation cycle, from identification and design to procurement and monitoring, and provides a set of good practice principles.

Earthscan Publications/UNDP and Stephen Browne (eds.) (2002), Developing Capacity Through Technical Cooperation: Country Experiences, London and Sterling, Virginia. (6 countries form the basis of the book: Bangladesh, Bolivia, Egypt, Kyrgyz Republic, Philippines, Uganda.)

ECDPM (2007), The Provision of Technical Assistance Personnel: What can we learn from promising experiences? Synthesis Report, Discussion Paper 78, September 2007. Study commissioned by Germany, Australia and Denmark to contribute to discussions on aid effectiveness and capacity development by learning about what works In relation to the deployment of technical assistance personnel, and to identify initiatives/reforms that are being taken to improve practice. Three case studies in Vietnam, Mozambique and Solomon Islands, over 200 individual interviews.

ECDPM (2008), Capacity, Change and Performance Synthesis Report , Synthesis Report, Discussion Paper No 59B, April 2008. This research provides fresh perspectives on the topic of capacity and its development. It does so by highlighting endogenous perspectives: how capacity develops from within, rather than focusing on what outsiders do to induce it. The research also embraces ideas on capacity development drawn from literature outside the context of development cooperation. Although the research draws implications for international development cooperation, it does not specifically examine donor agency experiences in capacity development, or related issues of aid management and effectiveness. The final report, which this brief is based on, provides a comprehensive analysis of the findings and conclusions of the research programme.

EuropeAid (March 2009), Making Technical Cooperation More Effective, Tools and Methods Series Guidelines No. 3.

European Commission. Making Technical Cooperation More Effective. An internal note for country partners. London, 2010.

European Commission. Technical Cooperation in Fragile Situations. Internal guidance note. Brussels, 2010.

European Commission. Review of Donor Agencies’ Policies and Guidelines on TC and PIUs. An internal AIDCO document. February 2008.

Governance and Social Development Resource Centre, Southern Perspectives on Technical Cooperation: Analytical Review and Annotated Bibliography, authored by Zoe Scott, July 2009. www.gsdrc.org

Groves, Leslie and Hinton, Rachel (eds). Inclusive Aid: Changing Power and Relationships in International Development, 2004.

JICA, et al. Effective Technical Cooperation for Capacity Development - Synthesis Report. July 2008. A joint study by a Japanese led (JICA) consortium of donors, including Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, ADB, UNDP and the World Bank, attempts to fill some current knowledge gaps related technical co-operation more effective in achieving country level capacity improvement. It included eleven country studies - Cambodia, Ghana, Kenya, Lao PDR, Malawi, Malaysia, Pakistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Vietnam, Zambia - under the leadership of local Country Study Groups.

Land, Tony, Hauck, Volker and Baser, Heather. Aid Effectiveness and the Provision of TA Personnel: Improving Practice, ECDPM, Policy Management Brief No. 20, November 2007.

Le Löet, Karine. Les jeunes africains restent-ils en France après leurs études?, 20 July 2010. http://www.terraeco.net/Jeunes-africains-Restent-ils-en,11562.html

LenCD. Technical Cooperation: Alternatives, quality standards for CD support, South-South Cooperation, genuine demand and supply. October 2009. (A web based resource corner co-ordinated by Tony Land.) http://www.lencd.org/topic/technical-cooperation

Lopes, Carlos and Theisohn, Thomas. Ownership, Leadership and Transformation: Can We Do Better for Capacity Development? UNDP, 2003. This book brings together findings of UNDP’s research initiative on Reforming Technical Cooperation for Capacity Development. It explores the operational implications, from the standpoint of capacity development, for dealing with longstanding development dilemmas including issues related to incentives, such as compensation schemes, project implementation units, brain drain and corruption. It contains a set of 56 case studies from around the world.

Morgan, Peter, AusAid’s Approach to Technical Assistance: Getting Beyond Good Enough. Report prepared for AusAid Office of Development Effectiveness, February 2010.

NORAD. Synthesis Study on Best Practices and Innovative Approaches to Capacity Development in Low-Income African Countries. NORAD Evaluation Department, January 2008. Pearson, Jenny. Seeking Better Practices for Capacity Development: Training and Beyond. March 2010. Special report for LenCD and OECD.

Schulz, Nils-Sjard. South-South Cooperation in the Context of Aid Effectiveness – Telling the Story of Partners in 110 Cases of S-S and Triangular Cooperation. March 2010. Report for the Bogota High Level Event on S-S Cooperation and Capacity Development.

OECD. Technical Co-operation. Chapter 5 of the Development Co-operation Report, Volume 7. 2006.

OECD. Donor Capacity Development Innovation: Australia. Issue Brief 5, December 2009.

OECD, CD Alliance and LenCD, Technical Assistance for Capacity Development. March 2010. (Joint note for the Bogota High Level Event.)

OECD, CD Alliance and LenCD (March 2010), Training and Capacity Development. (Joint note for the Bogota High Level Event.)

OECD/PDG. The Deployment and Recruitment of International Technical Assistance. Paris, 2010.

Oxford Policy Management. Developing Capacity? An Evaluation of DFID Funded Technical Co-operation for Economic Management in Sub-Saharan Africa – Synthesis Report. London, 2006. Evaluation of DFID technical co-operation in a range of African country settings (Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Zambia) and extent to which it contributed to development of economic management organizational capacity.

SIDA. An Institutional Analysis of Development Co-operation. Stockholm, 2001.