Fundamentals of Strategic Advising in Reform Environments

Step 6 of 10: Lesson Three - Assessing Existing Capacity and Identifying Gaps
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Primary Reading (Lesson 3): Assessing Existing Capacity and Identifying Gaps

The reading assignment for this module is "Empowering Local Peacebuilders: Strategies for Effective Engagement of Local Actors in Peace Operations", from the U.S. Institute of Peace.

As this module has demonstrated, advisors should build local capacity while also cultivating the best environment for positive results. This publication gives tried and true approaches to harness the capacity inherently present environment in the local environment. The collection of case studies offers an approach which is respectful and enables the trouble shooting and/or tweaking of existing procedures rather than starting over and implementing the “donor’s way” instead.

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"An intervention will often be most successful when it involves making incremental adjustments within existing systems."

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