Query: keyword: "governance"
|Title||Shaping behaviour : how institutions evolve|
|Subject||Development Cooperation General|
|Keywords||development policy, governance, civil society|
|Abstract||Development is mostly about transforming institutions – cultural values, legal frameworks, market mechanisms and political processes. If aid is failing, it is in part because agencies misunderstand institutions and how they change. Jim Woodhill is director of the Capacity Development and Institutional Change Programme at Wageningen University and explains how this is the case. The development sector seems to be embracing the complexity idea. Understanding institutions is central to grasping the complexity and dynamics of social change. An institutional and complexity perspective offers no straightforward solutions, but has several principle-based implications. First, a deeper practical understanding of institutional innovation and the link to complexity is needed by development practitioners and policy makers. Second, aid must focus not on short-term concrete results but on long term capacities and processes that enable societies to be learning-oriented and highly adaptive. Development trends, such as generic budget support, fail to value the role of civil society as part of the critical conscience that triggers institutional innovation.|
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