Tuesday, December 24, 2019

7 January 2019: Lecture on "Policy Capacity Matters for Capacity Development: Compairing Basic Education System in India and China"

Yifei Yan
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Organised by:
Institute of Chinese Studies

It is widely accepted that capacity development is central to development administration, but many of these initiatives have failed to demonstrate effectiveness in improving government effectiveness. This article argues that capacity development should be built upon possessing the policy capacity to perform the analytical, operational and political functions necessary to make it effective. Drawing on the case of capacity development in the basic education sector through a teacher survey, not only does the study reveal an extensive system of capacity development practices in India (Delhi) and China (Beijing), it also shows that variations on different dimensions of policy capacity have led to significant differences in the effectiveness of such arrangements as perceived by teachers. Therefore, without understanding and catering to the needs of the targets whose capacity is supposedly being built, capacity development initiatives meant to be supportive are likely to be dissatisfying and disappointing instead.

Date: January 7, 2019
Time: 03:00 P.M.

Seminar Room
Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS)
8/17, Sri Ram Road, Civil Lines,
Delhi-110054 (India)


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