Title
Evaluating NGO-capacity development interventions : enhancing frameworks, fitting the (Belgian) context Evaluating NGO-capacity development interventions : enhancing frameworks, fitting the (Belgian) context
Author
Faculty/Department
Institute of Development Policy and Management
Publication type
article
Publication
London ,
Subject
Sociology
Source (journal)
Evaluation : the international journal of theory, research and practice. - London, 1995, currens
Volume/pages
18(2012) :1 , p. 129-150
ISSN
1356-3890
1461-7153
ISI
000208897800009
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Capacity development support of Southern partners has become a cornerstone of the work of many Northern development NGOs. While there is a growing consensus in the aid sector about the importance of capacity development (CD), the support base among the general public and policy makers for these kinds of activities is weak. This is linked with the observed difficulties of demonstrating the relevance and effects of CD efforts. In 2008, the Belgian Special Evaluation Office commissioned a large-scale evaluation focusing on CD support within NGO partnerships, including 31 partnerships of 21 Belgian NGOs in six countries. Important methodological challenges emerged, related to (1) the large diversity in actors, projects, themes and contexts that had to be assessed, (2) the dynamic nature and non-linearity of CD processes, (3) and the implicit character of NGO practice in this area. This article argues that the eclectic use of different frameworks including more recently developed ones related to the nature of CD, support for CD, and organizational change supports the production of comprehensive evaluation results.
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