Capacity-building and diasporic civil society

Sarah Peck, Dickinson Jen, Tigist Grieve, Olaiwola Ogunpaimo, Abiola Olajide

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Diasporic civil society stakeholders are increasingly incorporated into development programming in order to maximise the potential of their variegated roles in shaping development processes, outcomes, and trajectories. This viewpoint considers capacity-building in the context of diasporic civil society by providing an overview of the varying ways in which diasporic civil society capacity-building is operationalised within the “Northern” global development sector. We then proffer some notes of caution regarding this turn to capacity-building by discussing the implications of such interventions for wider development. We conclude that understanding the extent to which the capacity-building agenda further entrenches exclusionary practices and knowledges in diaspora-centred development approaches requires further research.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
JournalDevelopment in Practice
Early online date2 Feb 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 Feb 2023


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