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dc.contributor.authorGirgis, Mona*
dc.contributor.editorEade, Deborahen
dc.date.accessioned2011-05-24T09:59:10Zen
dc.date.available2011-05-24T09:59:10Zen
dc.date.issued2007-06-01en
dc.identifier.issn0961-4524en
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/09614520701336782en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10546/130870en
dc.descriptionThis article proposes a theoretical framework, the Capacity-building Paradox, which defines individual relationship work as the basis for capacity building. It explains why capacity building has hitherto been largely unsuccessful. 'Relationship work' is central to the functions of practitioners. It consists of both 'dependent work' and 'friendship work', the latter synonymous with capacity building. To do relationship work, practitioners require power, in order to overcome environmental obstacles. Financial resources emerge as the predominant environmental influence, often prompting practitioners to use dependent work rather than friendship work. This results in a reduction in capacity and does not contribute to sustainable development. Most of the current literature provides organisational and institutional tools for capacity building. While there is an increasing recognition of the centrality of personal relationships in this work, there is as yet no theoretical framework within which to locate it. The article presents original research into people's experiences of capacity-building work in a development context and proposes a conceptual model that may have important implications for capacity-building practice.<p>This article is hosted by our co-publisher Taylor & Francis.</p>en
dc.format.extent14en
dc.format.mimetypePDFen
dc.language.isoEnglishen
dc.publisherOxfam GBen
dc.publisherRoutledgeen
dc.relation.urlhttp://policy-practice.oxfam.org.uk/publications/the-capacity-building-paradox-using-friendship-to-build-capacity-in-the-south-130870
dc.subjectApproach and methodology
dc.titleThe Capacity-building Paradox: using friendship to build capacity in the Southen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.identifier.eissn1364-9213en
dc.identifier.journalDevelopment in Practiceen
oxfam.signoff.statusFor public use – can be shared outside Oxfamen
oxfam.subject.keywordDevelopment methods
oxfam.subject.keywordDevelopment in Practice Journal
oxfam.subject.keywordDiP
prism.number3en
prism.volume17en


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