Capacity, Complexity and Consulting: Lessons from Managing Capacity Development Projects

by Ajoy Datta; Arnaldo Pellini; Louise Shaxson

Mar 1, 2012
In the past few years, the Overseas Development Institute's Research and Policy in Development Programme has increasingly collaborated with or managed large multiyear projects where it has been responsible for helping local institutions and organisations to build their capacity to use knowledge to improve policies and practices. Setting aside the issue of knowledge-to-policy links, this paper serves to 1) reflect on what capacity is and how it develops; 2) identify implications of this for approaches used to promote capacity improvement processes; and 3) assess what this means for funding practices.
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