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

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posted on 01.01.2002, 00:00 authored by Geoffrey WescottGeoffrey Wescott
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”.

History

Journal

Ocean & coastal management

Volume

45

Issue

9-10

Pagination

549 - 571

Publisher

Pergamon

Location

London, England

ISSN

0964-5691

eISSN

1873-524X

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2002, Elsevier Science Ltd