Challenges and Opportunities for Capacity Development in Afghanistan And Possible Implications for WBI (Draft). Presentation at WBI Consultation on Capacity Development in Fragile States Washington, DC, 16 July 2009 William Byrd* Economic Adviser
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Presentation at WBI Consultation on
Capacity Development in Fragile States
Washington, DC, 16 July 2009
Fragile and Conflict Affected Countries Group
Operations Policy and Country Services
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“Almost everybody acknowledges the ineffectiveness of technical cooperation in what is or should be its main objective: achievement of greater self-reliance in the recipient countries by building institutions and strengthening local capacities… Despite 30 years of a heavy technical assistance presence and much training, local institutions remain weak and this type of assistance persists.”
Elliot Berg, Rethinking Technical Cooperation: Reforms for Capacity Building in Africa (UNDP, 1993, p. 244)