Capacity development for food policy analysis: What works best? Adding evidence from IFPRI's experience

A. Kuyvenhoven*

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Abstract

This article presents major results of a meta-assessment of experience of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) with different kinds of capacity strengthening (CS) activities for food policy analysis. Collaborative research, on-the-job-training, and ID support for building data systems and analysis came up as best-practice approaches. Equally successful were new initiatives such as visiting fellow programmes, thesis support schemes, and delivering CS work embedded in country or thematic programmes. Challenges emerged as well: how to address the low CS impact of formal training and work with local collaborators, the uncertain results for outreach and strengthening capacity of organizations over individuals, especially in the policy cycle, and the best way to enter into partnerships and create incentives to deliver and sustain CS. Some policy implications are indicated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)O113-O137
JournalDevelopment Policy Review
Volume36
Issue numberS1
Early online date12 Dec 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018

Keywords

  • capacity development
  • collaborative research
  • evaluation
  • food policy
  • IFPRI
  • impact assessment
  • institutional development
  • training

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