The term capacity building refers to enabling the indigenous people of developing countries to carry out development processes successfully by empowering them through strengthened domestic institutions, provision of domestic markets, and improvement of local government efforts to sustain infrastructures, social institutions, and commercial institutions. Capacity building also involves the need to recognize indigenous interest groups, encourage local efforts, provide incentives for privatization, and coordinate local, regional, and international strategies to enhance productivity and wise use of natural and human resources. Most important, capacity building encourages a bottom-up or grassroots effort for sustainable development.
The grassroots effort begins with the family unit. Capacity building addresses all areas of social, economic and health, and environmental processes through a holistic approach. The chapters of this book, written by experts in their fields, address these three areas of the developing societies.
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VALENTINE UDOH JAMES is Associate Professor of Social Science and Director of the African Studies Program at Kalamazoo College in Michigan. He is the author of Sustainable Development in Third World Countries (Praeger, 1996), Women and Sustainable Development in Africa (Praeger, 1995), and Environmental and Economic Dilemmas of Developing Countries (Praeger, 1994).Review:
"The book identifies certain critical issues associated with the process of capacity building in developing countries. It effectively addresses the social, economic, and developmental issues associated with capacity building in essentially seperate sections, with some emphasis on humanity and the environment....The authors and editor should be commended for selecting key issues related to development. It is not easy to effectively address the plethora of issues associated with capacity building and skills enhancement and sustainable development in one publication....[A] worthy contributor to the sustainable development debate. It is written in accessible language and should be of interest to academics and others as well."-Africa Today
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Book Description Praeger, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0275957918