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date: 20 November 2019

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This article examines how capacity development can transform Africa’s economies. It begins by considering various definitions of capacity and proposing an alternative definition based on an analytical and theoretical perspective. It then describes capability-based theories using concepts from the theory of the firm and organizational performance. The article also assesses Africa’s potential to transform its unique combination of endowments by focusing on the best approach for implementing its policies and programs. In addition, it discusses the issue of accumulation of knowledge and capabilities at the individual and organizational level based on the concepts of investment in human capital. In particular, the role of education in building human capital, acquiring formal skills, and in research and innovation is highlighted. Finally, it analyses ideas from co-evolutionary dynamics, with emphasis on appropriate matching of the state’s capabilities to the challenges facing it.

Keywords: capacity development, Africa, capacity, theory of the firm, organizational performance, knowledge, human capital, education, co-evolutionary dynamics

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