An Analysis of the Capacity Strengthening Process and Short Term Outcomes in the SCARDA Project: The case of Agricultural Research Corporation (ARC) Sudan

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This paper is a case study of capacity strengthening activities carried out at the Agricultural Research Corporation in Sudan between July 2008 and March 2011. These activities were undertaken through the project ‘Strengthening Capacity for Agricultural Research and Development (SCARDA)’ which was implemented in the East and Central Africa region by the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in East and Central Africa. The paper describes the identification of capacity needs and the design and implementation of interventions aimed at enhancing the performance of ARC and strengthening its links with partner organizations. A combination of training workshops, mentoring, short courses, long-term postgraduate training and work-based experiential learning was used to address a set of priority needs. The training was placed in an organizational change context and guided by a learning framework. The hypothesis was that the acquisition by key staff of a set of core competencies would lead to a change of mindset among staff which would begin to enhance organizational performance.
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2011
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RUFORUM Briefing Papers/Policy Briefs
RUFORUM SCARDA and SCAIN Resources
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Open Access
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Printed resource
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Although DFID published this resource, RUFORUM was one of its partners in the implementation of the SCARDA/SCAIN iniative and has therefore mounted this publication in its repository.