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2010

Alfredo Ortiz Aragón

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Capacity Development And Rural Territorial Dynamics (Rtd), Alfredo Ortiz Aragón Jul 2010

Capacity Development And Rural Territorial Dynamics (Rtd), Alfredo Ortiz Aragón

Alfredo Ortiz Aragón

The RTD program is based on a set of hypotheses and assumptions regarding the relationships between the development conditions that need to be in place for a rural territorial dynamics vision to be possible, actual rural territorial dynamics on the ground, and the intentions of this particular program to contribute to the emergence of those development conditions by stimulating territorial dynamics. The program characterizes itself as “a research-based policy advice and capacity-development program for rural economic growth, social inclusion and sound environmental governance”. The core objective of this specific short study is “to explore how “capacity building” is being understood ...


A Case For Surfacing Theories Of Change For Purposeful Organizational Capacity Development, Alfredo Ortiz Aragón May 2010

A Case For Surfacing Theories Of Change For Purposeful Organizational Capacity Development, Alfredo Ortiz Aragón

Alfredo Ortiz Aragón

What are the capacities of an effective social change organisation (SCOs)? Different SCOs may value strategic planning capacities, while others financial accountability to donors, or improved teamwork, or networking capacities. But do the different capacities that SCOs seek purposefully support meaningful social change? How much of what SCOs deem as ‘worth strengthening’ is based on linear thinking, or unhealthy power interests, or what donors want them to want, or a combination of these? This article argues that the capacities that different organisations value are conditioned by a mix of individual, organisational and societal worldviews, including deeply held assumptions on the ...


A ‘Systemic Theories Of Change’ Approach For Purposeful Capacity Development, Alfredo Ortiz Aragón, Juan Carlos Giles May 2010

A ‘Systemic Theories Of Change’ Approach For Purposeful Capacity Development, Alfredo Ortiz Aragón, Juan Carlos Giles

Alfredo Ortiz Aragón

In this article we present an emergent capacity development approach that we are developing through participatory action research in Peru and Ecuador which we call “systemic theories of change” (STOC) for organisational capacity development. We argue that capacity development should be understood as systemic learning. The STOC approach promotes reflection about how we as individuals, organisations, and broader social groups and societal configurations, understand how change occurs. This makes it possible to build improved strategic and methodological clarity about how we might continually develop he capacities to contribute more effectively to emergent, social change in highly complex environments.