Title
Capacity-building or capacity-taking? Legitimizing concepts in peace and development operationsCapacity-building or capacity-taking? Legitimizing concepts in peace and development operations
Author
Faculty/Department
Institute of Development Policy and Management
Research group
Development processes, actors and policies
Publication type
article
Publication
London,
Subject
Politics
Source (journal)
International peacekeeping. - London
Volume/pages
16(2009):3, p. 337-351
ISSN
1353-3312
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Abstract
This article critically analyses capacity-building and local ownership in the context of UN peace operations through interviews with UN staff and NGO representatives in Liberia and Burundi. The argument is that these concepts are left ambiguous and undefined to avoid accountability for peace operations while still functioning as value-adding and legitimizing discursive instruments for the latter. This article proves that the many paradoxes and contradictions surrounding the concepts clearly deter their operation in practice, while their positive connotations remain important, discursively, as legitimizing tools.
E-info
https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/iruaauth/197482/afd3c4a0741.pdf