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    Capacity Enhancement

    Capacity Enhancement for Social Development: Building on Local Context and Process

    -Mary McNeil and Michael Woolcock

    This paper attempts to provide a new conceptual framework and practical recommendations for capacity enhancement initiatives for social development. Most such initiatives have been conventional short courses or self-contained training modules for sharing “tools” and disseminating “best practices,” to enhance the technical skills of task managers and policymakers, whether they be donors, colleagues, or clients. All of these tasks are valuable, but need to be understood as part of a broader discussion that recognizes the range of decisionmaking involved in devising, implementing, maintaining, and evaluating effective responses to poverty. The paper argues that conventional capacity enhancement approaches and the underlying assumptions on which they rest—that the fundamental development problem is one of inadequate technical skills, which in turn give rise to “bad policies” and “weak institutions”—conspire against recognizing the importance and comparative advantage of social development. This advantage lies in social development’s emphasis on context and process.

    2004. 37 pages. Stock No. 37245. Full text PDF 488 Kb

    Capacity Enhancement Indicators: Review of the Literature
    -Yemile Mizrahi

    The stark conclusion this review paper brings us to is that despite the importance accorded to the concept, little effort has gone into concretely defining what "capacity enhancement" means. To a large extent, the difficulty emerges from a vague understanding of the term "capacity," and even less clarity about the results to be expected from capacity enhancement efforts. The paper suggests that the analytical framework and results orientation of capacity enhancement programs can be strengthened considerably by asking the questions: capacity for whom? and capacity for what? Although a general agreement is emerging with respect to the levels at which capacity enhancement endeavors can be directed – individual, organizations, and institutions – the capacity-related outcomes will be amenable to measurement only if the outcomes expected are concretely defined. The author also encourages us to think of capacity building as a process and therefore to define interim benchmarks.

    2004. 38 pages. Stock No. 37232. Full text PDF 950 Kb

    Ingredients of Capacity Enhancement: Three Case Studies in Telecommunications

    -Vera Wilhelm and Susanne Mueller
    This paper looks at capacity enhancemenent (CE) at the institutional (or policy) level. It uses an analytical framework to investigate three main elements (or ingredients) of capacity enhancement—a country's resources and capabilities, its institutional environment, and the existing incentive structures and pressures. The framework is applied to three country cases in the telecommunication sector trying to isolate factors for success and failure.
    2003. 53 pages. Stock No. 37226. Full text PDF 740 Kb

    Managing the Implementation of Development Projects: A Resource Kit on CD-ROM for Instructors and Practicioners

    - World Bank
    2006. ISBN: 0-8213-6643-2     $50.00
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