Partnerships for capacity building: community, governments and universities working together

Wescott, Geoff 2002, Partnerships for capacity building: community, governments and universities working together, Ocean & coastal management, vol. 45, no. 9-10, pp. 549-571, doi: 10.1016/S0964-5691(02)00086-8.

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Title Partnerships for capacity building: community, governments and universities working together
Author(s) Wescott, GeoffORCID iD for Wescott, Geoff
Journal name Ocean & coastal management
Volume number 45
Issue number 9-10
Start page 549
End page 571
Publisher Pergamon
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2002
ISSN 0964-5691
Summary This paper summarises initiatives in the area of capacity building between communities, governments and universities since Rio 1992.

First the global advances through the UN and associated agencies are described with lessons learned and challenges remaining being highlighted. This is followed by a similar approach for first regionally based initiatives and finally some of the better examples of nationally based approaches.

Among the key findings from the review were: trying to keep the initial message simple, asking the “user” what they want and what they need from capacity building, the use of local experts in capacity building where ever possible, universities extending themselves to engage in genuine partnerships as well as offering new courses, subjects, etc., attempting to match the strengths and weaknesses of partners in capacity building, concentrating on improving regional partnerships across national boundaries, deriving methods to sustain capacity building programs over the long term, questioning the absence of the private sector from capacity building partnerships, questioning whether capacity building is receiving the attention, funding and centrality to ICM promotion that it warrants, a proposal to build a global ICM capacity building network, the need for greater critical analysis of capacity building programs, integrating capacity building into ICM practices and recognising that effective capacity building practice may require some time and effort to build up, i.e. there are no universal “quick-fixes”.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/S0964-5691(02)00086-8
Field of Research 050205 Environmental Management
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, Elsevier Science Ltd
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