Competences in context
Knowledge and capacity development in public water management in Indonesia and The Netherlands; UNESCO-IHE PhD Thesis
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
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.