Identify emerging thinking on how best to use technical assistance (TA) to resolve knowledge and capacity gaps in both donor organisations and governments in LMICs. Where possible identify: development outcomes, potential negative implications, key thinkers, appropriateness, effectiveness, lessons learned and case studies. In particular, try and identify cases studies looking beyond 'filling gaps' to developing knowledge and capacity in the longer term, and also at using TA to help develop, procure and manage advisory services.
There is a wide and diverse literature on technical assistance, much of which refers to addressing knowledge and capacity gaps in lower- and middle-income countries. This report identifies some novel or emerging approaches which appear to move away from the traditional approaches that commonly centre on short-term filling of capacity gaps and being primarily donor-driven.
Rao, S. New thinking on technical assistance to resolve knowledge and capacity gaps (GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 935). Governance and Social Development Resource Centre, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK (2013) 16 pp.