Managing Development - Measuring capacity-building

Iben Nielsen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This internship report deals with the latest fashion for maximizing NGO-impact; namely ‘capacity-building’ which is seen as an essential element to sustainable development centered in people. Additionally, an overwhelming demand for measurable development has grown to affect the impact and outcome of development initiatives; among other things in order for the NGOs to best possibly demonstrate their own added value. It thus becomes interesting how capacity-building and the impact hereof are to be measured. If NGOs have to define what they are trying to do, and why, then they are more accountable. And if results are publicized then it is easier to judge if donors, governments and NGOs are actually delivering them. But this may also put a restrain on the relations within development aid. Unfortunately, the desire to be able to attribute change directly to their dollar or pound, rather than being satisfied to contribute to broader processes, works against capacity-building ever being taken seriously. It is possible to translate capacity-building into something ‘conceptually quantifiable’ with the risk of losing the development relevance of ones actions towards change.

UddannelserInternationale Udviklingsstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato26 aug. 2013