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Alternative approaches to capacity building – emerging practices abroad

Howard, Joanna; Grimshaw, L; Lipson, Brenda; Taylor, Marilyn; Wilson, Mandy

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Joanna Howard

L Grimshaw

Brenda Lipson

Marilyn Taylor

Mandy Wilson


This study was undertaken to identify alternative approaches to third sector capacity building in countries outside of the UK. Principally desk-based, it draws on the insight and recommendations of the research team’s contacts which span Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand, and the International Development context. The research has been undertaken in two main stages. The first scoping phase involved an email request for information on third sector and civil society capacity building. Respondents were asked to identify examples of capacity building that met with a number of good practice principles. The second phase took a more in-depth look at some selected cases: a funding brokerage partnership model from Australia; a variety of methods from the US; a number of approaches used or promoted by Dutch third sector organisations (TSOs) working in international development; a thematic study of leadership programmes; and a review of some networking approaches to capacity building.


Howard, J., Grimshaw, L., Lipson, B., Taylor, M., & Wilson, M. (2009). Alternative approaches to capacity building – emerging practices abroad

Report Type Project Report
Publication Date Sep 1, 2009
Publicly Available Date Feb 19, 2016
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Keywords third sector, civil society, capacity building
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