Governance and Capacity Building in the Third World

Public Administration / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
An in-depth study into building capacity as a prerequisite for the promotion of good governance and reduction of limitations in the developing world.

This paper analyzes critically and thoroughly the capacity building approach with widespread application, evaluation and assessment of case-studies and examples from the Third world or developing world. Countries in parts of Latin America, Africa, the Anglophone Caribbean and South East Asia are given special attention in terms of those situations in which capacity has or has not been built, alongside useful recommendations for capacity building gaps.
“As a comprehensive, yet broad-ranging approach to problem-solving in public policy, capacity building in itself embraces certain norms, values, attitudes, procedures, principles, practices and strategies that together promote the idea of good governance. Administrative capacity in particular, being separated within the whole process of good governance which implies both democracy and development as fundamental pillars, is at the very least trite not to mention unrealistic given the turbulence of modernity within the context of globalization which implies further the need for multidimensional approaches for the achievement of such good governance. Indeed, it is the case that administrative capacity that requires technical, technological, financial, management, incentivized and strategic administrative coordination and training within administration itself, should exist alongside other frameworks of social capital, inter-organizational relationships, assessments of task environments, as well as lesson drawing techniques, among other things, for the promotion of good governance. Some such techniques, practices and strategies of capacity building itself within the Caribbean and other developing countries have been proven limited in many respects thereby stultifying the realization of good governance principles and practices. As evidence will later show, the political, social, economic, cultural, technological, demographic and geo-political aspects of the “task environment” in the developing world have illuminated differences in the levels of development in such countries, even though the limitations of effective capacity building for good governance may be more so in some such countries, as in parts of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, as opposed to fewer limitations in others for Example in Southeast Asia. Special reference to Barbados’s successes in Capacity building will also be entertained briefly. The central thesis here, is therefore, that capacity building needs to be promoted within the Caribbean as in other areas of the developing world, not only on a national but local, regional and even global basis, if good governance is to be achieved more effectively.”


Leave a Reply