Sustainability, Performance and Development: Towards an Understanding of the Intersections Between Human Resource Development (HRD) and Capacity Building

La'aleh Alaali (Corresponding), Christopher Rees

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Abstract

The paper reports on a study to consider the relationship between ‘Human Resource Development’ and ‘Capacity Building’. Despite the prominent use of these terms in HRD and international development literature, there are few studies which have directly sought to compare and contrast their meaning. The study is comprised of two phases. This paper reports Phase 1 in which HRD definitions and descriptions are examined alongside definitions and descriptions of capacity building. Findings draw attention to potential intersections that exist between capacity building and HRD in areas such as performance and development and provide support to the thesis that HRD can be considered as a development process which has a role to play in broader capacity building
initiatives. Given these findings, the study highlights the potential for research on capacity building to inform HRD theory and practice and also for HRD research to inform capacity building theory and practice. Phase 2 of the study contextualises the findings of Phase 1 with reference to HRD and capacity building in a non-Western international context and is reported in a future issue of this Journal.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-34
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of HRD Practice Policy & Research
Volume3
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Dec 2018

Keywords

  • capacity building, human resource development, sustainability, performance

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global Development Institute

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