Capacity: A Literature Review and a Research Agenda

22 Pages Posted: 19 Aug 2016

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Carolina E. Isaza

Universidad Externado de Colombia

Patricia Herrera Kit

Universidad Externado de Colombia

Juan Lozano Herrera

Universidad Externado de Colombia - Facultad de Finanzas, Gobierno y Relaciones Internacionales

Karen Mendez

Corporación Con Tacto Local

Alejandro Balanzo

Department of Science, Technology and Policy Studies; Observatorio de Políticas y Administración Pública

Date Written: August 16, 2015

Abstract

The time is ripe to revisit capacity. Its role on international aid in the past decade nurtured the term, sharpening its means. It is still a common reference of public affairs in developing contexts, often imprecisely addressed. This paper updates the discussion by answering the question: what has been said about capacity? The review focuses on conceptual approaches relating directly to capacity. It presents a review of the literature, while taking on to show detail on the various streams nurturing the term. The review also discusses practical aspects of the term. Such as measuring capacity and its relation to other concepts: performance, capabilities and capacity development.

Keywords: Capacity, performance, capabilities, institutional capacity, state capacity, capacity development.

Suggested Citation

Isaza, Carolina E. and Herrera Kit, Patricia and Lozano Herrera, Juan and Mendez, Karen and Balanzo, Alejandro, Capacity: A Literature Review and a Research Agenda (August 16, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2824486 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2824486

Carolina E. Isaza

Universidad Externado de Colombia ( email )

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Patricia Herrera Kit

Universidad Externado de Colombia ( email )

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Juan Lozano Herrera

Universidad Externado de Colombia - Facultad de Finanzas, Gobierno y Relaciones Internacionales ( email )

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Karen Mendez

Corporación Con Tacto Local ( email )

Bogota
Colombia

Alejandro Balanzo (Contact Author)

Department of Science, Technology and Policy Studies ( email )

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Observatorio de Políticas y Administración Pública ( email )

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