1st Edition

Human Development and Capacity Building Asia Pacific trends, challenges and prospects for the future

Edited By Maria Fay Rola-Rubzen, John Burgess Copyright 2016
    280 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    278 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Capacity building looks at developing the infrastructure, institutions and people and is critical to the development and participation of humans in the economy and society. Capacity building ranges from schools, roads and hospitals through to health and welfare systems, education, communication and information sharing, participation and voice, governance and opportunity.

    This book aims to outline the nature and scale of the capacity building challenges facing countries in the Asia Pacific region. Human Development and Capacity Building presents case studies from selected countries with an emphasis on rural development and programs that enhance opportunity and participation in the economy. It focuses on issues arising from women development in Pakistan, indigenous union voice in the French Pacific, job creation programs in Indonesia and the role of international aid and labour agencies in capacity building in Myanmar. The rich coverage will be of invaluable use to those interested in capacity building.

    1. Capacity building in the Asia Pacific: An introduction, Maria Fay Rola-Rubzen and John Burgess 2. Enhancing Women's Capacities in Agricultural Research and Development in Asia and Africa, Maria Fay Rola-Rubzen, Thelma R. Paris, Joyce Luis and Farveh Farivar 3. Women’s Work Motivation and the Influence on Human Capital Development in Bhutan, Kantha Dayaram and Yue Liu 4. ‘Scarcity in plenty’: Skills shortages and HRM competencies in Vietnam, Alan Nankervis, Prikshat Verma and Alan Montague 5. Gender Development in Myanmar: An exploration of women’s leadership trajectory, Kantha Dayaram, Maria Fay Rola-Rubzen and John Burgess 6. The Political Economy of Capacity Building in the French Pacific Territories, Stéphane Le Queux and Stéphanie Graff 7. Using Targeted Jobs Programs to Support Local Communities: The case of Indonesia, Emma Allen and John Burgess 8. A Participatory Model of Corruption Resistance: The case of NGOs in India, Sten Langmann and David Pick 9. A Chronicle of Indigenous Entrepreneurship, Human Development and Capacity Building in East Arnhem Land of Australia, Cecil Arthur Leonard Pearson and Yi Liu 10. Breaking the Poverty Cycle through Linking Farmers to Markets in Timor Leste: The world vision income generation project, Vicente de Paulo Correia and Maria Fay Rola-Rubzen 11. Harnessing Community Capacity to Coordinate and Integrate Natural and Behavioural Science Perspectives: A groundwater management case study from rural India, Basant Maheshwari, John Ward, Maria Estela Varua, Ramesh Chandra Purohit, Hakimuddin Ognawala, Sachin Oza, Yogesh Jadeja and Roger Packham 12. Labour Participation and Women Empowerment: Implications for capacity building of women in potato production in Pakistan, Amjad Khan, Maria Fay Rola-Rubzen and Kantha Dayaram 13. Can Maize (Zea mays L) Uplift Farm Economy? A case study, Kalyan Kanti Das, S. Barman and Laxmi hingbaijam 14. Concluding Thoughts, Maria Fay Rola-Rubzen, John Burgess and Yue Liu


    Maria Fay Rola-Rubzen is Deputy Dean of Research and Development and Associate Professor at Curtin Business School, Curtin University. Dr Rola-Rubzen is an economist with over 25 years of experience in international development in various countries in Asia, Africa and Australia. 

    John Burgess is a Professor of Human Resource Management at Curtin Business School, Curtin University, Australia. He is also one of the authors of Diversity Management in Australia: Theory and Practice.

    'Rola-Rubzen and Burgess have wonderfully translated the emphasis on capacity building from the field of organisational management to the domain of economic development. Their collection of studies of the successes and failures of development programs and projects in a broad range of Asia-Pacific countries provides a strong foundation for understanding a path to sustainable development based on mobilising local communities. The book should be of great interest to academics, governments and NGOs in understanding the drivers of success in a bottom-up development process.'Harry Bloch, John Curtin Distinguished Emeritus Professor, School of Economics and Finance, Curtin Business School, Australia

    ‘… this book is for you if you are looking for well written case studies that highlight the importance of capacity building for human resource development and the capacity challenges faced in the Asia Pacific region…— Journal Of Human Development And Capabilities Vol. 18 , Issue 1, 2017