Fundamentals of Strategic Advising in Reform Environments

Step 7 of 10: Lesson Four - Functioning in a Complex Environment
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Recommended Readings: The Importance of Coordination

Recommended Reading

Brinkerhoff, Derick (2010) “Developing Capacity in Fragile States.” RTI International & European Centre for Development Policy Management, Maastricht, The Netherlands.

This article specifically addresses the dilemmas and tradeoffs inherent to capacity building in complex environments, specifically fragile states. Author Derick Brinkerhoff presents dilemmas central to the process and explores their pros and cons in much the same way any advisor looking to make the best decision possible should do. The article is a valuable resource to advisors with insight from recurring dilemmas and tradeoffs.

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"In summary, there is no one ‘right’ way to develop capacity, and the intervention process in most fragile states is chaotic and fragmented. Despite these caveats, there are some signposts that can point towards enhanced prospects
for success."

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