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Mo Hamza


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SPACAP Working Paper No. 1 : How do Swedish Public Agencies understand, approach and operationalize Capacity Development work abroad?


  • Jenny Iao-Jörgensen
  • Lama Phudoma
  • Mo Hamza
  • Joakim Anger

Summary, in English

Capacity development (CapDev) support through various Swedish public agencies (SPA) to their sister authorities in low- and middle-income countries has been a salient feature of Sweden’s institutional development cooperation since the
1980s. Despite constituting a small percentage of Swedish aid, the scale and scope of SPAs engagement in CapDev work abroad deserves more attention than currently being given in Swedish development policy debate and practice. Little is
systematically studied so far beyond project-based evaluations about how SPAs understand, approach and operationalize CapDev and CapDev support. Global Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development calls on governments to develop and
implement integrated policies with multiple stakeholders, not just with national governments. Where does this mean for SPAs to support partner countries’ change processes more effectively?


  • Division of Risk Management and Societal Safety

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Document type



  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • Public Administration Studies
  • Human Geography


  • Swedish public-sector
  • capacity development
  • sustainable development
  • bilateral aid
  • change management
  • complexity




  • Swedish public agency capacity development study