Building Analytical and Adaptive Capacity: Lessons from Northern and Southern NGOs

  • By: Association for Research on Non-Profit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)
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A key purpose of this paper is to take a look at some of the assumptions of capacity building in order to generate a more realistic perspective on its possible effects and uses. What kinds of capacity building activities are most commonly undertaken by NGOs and supported by donors or funders? What impacts do they have on organizational effectiveness, especially with respect to mission achievement?