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Title:Market-Oriented Approaches to Capacity Building in Africa
Author:Demongeot, Patrick
Periodical:Public Administration and Development
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:labour force
technical cooperation
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Abstract:Ever since its beginnings in the 1950s, technical assistance - or 'technical cooperation' as recipients prefer to call it - has been concerned with the transfer of skills and know-how from developed to developing countries. Following a brief review of recent criticism of technical cooperation as an instrument for capacity building in sub-Saharan Africa, this article examines current strategies for addressing the professional staff retention problem within African governments, and for making the market for technical cooperation more effective by allowing greater substitution of national experts for expatriate experts in project design and implementation. In order to strengthen and effectively use scarce local expertise, while avoiding its diversion to donor-financed projects, the article proposes capacity-building strategies aimed at the development of national or regional markets for development analysis and management expertise in sub-Saharan Africa. Bibliogr., sum.