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Study on Capacity, Change and Performance: Interim Report

April 2005

Morgan, P; Land, T; Baser, H. 2005. Study on Capacity, change and performance. (ECDPM Discussion Paper 59A).

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In 2002 the chair of the Govnet, the OECD’s Network on Governance and Capacity Building, asked the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) in Maastricht, the Netherlands, to undertake a study of the capacity of organisations and groups of organisations, mainly in low-income countries, its development over time and its relationship to improved performance. The specific purposes of this study were twofold:


• to enhance understanding of the interrelationships amongst capacity, change and performance across a wide range of development experiences and
• to provide general recommendations and tools to support the effectiveness of external interventions aimed at improving capacity and performance.

The purposes of this interim report to the Govnet are:

• to bring Govnet members up to date on the current status of the study;

• to set out some of the patterns emerging from the findings; and • to indicate the tasks and schedule required to complete the study. 

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External authors

Peter Morgan

Tony Land

Heather Baser