RETHINKING CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT FOR CRITICAL DEVELOPMENT PRACTICE. INQUIRY INTO A POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMME

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  • This study forms part of the research project La movilización social como dimensión estratégica de la educación para el desarrollo: Estudio de experiencias desde una perspectiva N/S en el marco de la ciudadanía global y del enfoque basado en derechos, funded in 2011 by the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation (AECID) in its call for research projects in development studies (11-CAP2-0995). The translation of this article was funded by UPV, Spain.

Sergio Belda, Departamento de Proyectos de Ingeniería, ETS Ingenieros Industriales, edificio 5J, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Camino de Vera s/n 46022, Valencia, Spain.

E-mail: serbelmi@upvnet.upv.es

ABSTRACT

Our proposal focuses on a theoretical framework intended to characterise and understand capacity development processes oriented towards the promotion of a critical development practice, an approach that faces the tensions between reformist and critical views of development management. This is what we call capacity development for emancipatory social change. From this viewpoint, we explore a postgraduate university programme in development management offered by the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (Spain), with a twofold aim: first, to carry out an inquiry of the programme as a capacity development process in the training of critical development practitioners and second, to discuss the suitability of the framework for understanding similar capacity development processes. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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