Competences in context: Knowledge and capacity development in public water management in Indonesia and The Netherlands; UNESCO-IHE PhD Thesis, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Competences in context

Knowledge and capacity development in public water management in Indonesia and The Netherlands; UNESCO-IHE PhD Thesis, 1st Edition

By Judith Kaspersma

CRC Press

204 pages

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Paperback: 9781138000971
pub: 2013-04-23

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International cooperation for reaching development goals has expanded gradually since the 1950s. The effectiveness of the Overseas Development Aid (ODA) has become a topic of great public interest. A growing body of experience exists to demonstrate that finance alone is not sufficient for development, and capacity and knowledge are increasingly seen as the constraints to proper decision making, absorption of funds, and effective results on the ground.

This book presents the investigation into the role of Knowledge and Capacity Development (KCD) in public water resources management in Indonesia and the Netherlands.

The two cases indicate that the institutional environment is defining for the type of knowledge and capacity development that is prevailing in that period and it also determines the formal organisational structure and the KCD mechanisms in use. The cases further show the importance yet the low valuation of tacit knowledge, while the Indonesian case also suggests that tacit knowledge is among the most important assets gained from international post-graduate education.

The conceptual model introduced in this book allows to measure knowledge and capacity at three nested levels: the institutional, organisational and individual level. It provides insight in the numerous contextual factors that influence knowledge and capacity and KCD mechanisms.

Table of Contents

1 KCD in public water management: an initial conceptual model

2 Research strategy and methods

3 An institutional analysis of the DGWR

4 Readiness for future challenges: organic vs. mechanistic organisational structure in the DGWR

5 Competence formation and post-graduate education in the DGWR

6 ‘God created the Dutch, and the Dutch created the Netherlands…’ - KCD in the Rijkswaterstaat of the Netherlands

7 Connecting the dots – Discussion and conclusions

About the Author

Judith Kaspersma has 12 years experience in institutional development and capacity development in the water sector, with experience in the public sector, consultancy, non-governmental organizations and academia. She has worked in a variety of water management projects in the Middle East, South and South East Asia and Africa.

She holds a Master Degree in irrigation and water engineering from Wageningen University and with the publication of this book she completed her PhD studies on knowledge and capacity development in the water sector at Unesco-IHE.

About the Series

IHE Delft PhD Thesis Series

IHE Delft PhD programme leads to a deepening of a field of specialisation. PhD fellows do scientific research, often with conclusions that directly influence their region. At IHE Delft, PhD researchers from around the world participate in problem-focused and solution-oriented research on development issues, resulting in an inspiring research environment. PhD fellows work together with other researchers from many countries dealing with topics related to water and the environment.

PhD research is often carried out in the ‘sandwich’ model. Preparation and final reporting – the first and last portion of the programme – are carried out in Delft, while actual research is done in the fellow’s home country, under co-supervision of a local institute. Regular contacts with the promotor are maintained through visits and long-distance communication. This enables researchers to employ solutions directly to problems in their geographical region.

IHE Delft PhD degrees are awarded jointly with a university. The degrees are highly valued and fully recognised in all parts of the world.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Water Supply