Download the PDIA Practitioner Guide „Building State Capabilities“ for free

We want to put some attention to the remarkable work of the team that has initiated the important principles of the Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA). Our center is convinced that PDIA will become an important standard in capability development in the near future. To support practitioners to catch the ideas of PDIA and to put it into practice the authors Matt Andrews, Lant Pritchett and Michael Woolcock have published the book Building State Capability: Evidence, Analysis, Action. PDIA is a problem driven and result oriented approach with great relevance in many development programmes. To make this knowledge available also in low income countries tha authors negotiated with their publisher to offer the ebook as free download. This is a very remarkable decision as according to our expertise the ideas of their work will help to increase the impact of many capability development initiatives: to involve as many people as possible in following PDIA deserves to be highly recognized!

For more information visit the website of the Building State Capability at Harvard University.


Building State Capability: Evidence, Analysis, Action

Download the ebook for free

Matt Andrews, Lant Pritchett and Michael Woolcock
Oxford University Press, 2017

Governments play a major role in the development process, constantly introducing reforms and policies to achieve developmental objectives. Many of these interventions have limited impact, however; schools get built but children don’t learn, IT systems are introduced but not used, plans are written but not implemented. These achievement deficiencies reveal gaps in capabilities, and weaknesses in the process of building state capability.

This book addresses these weaknesses and gaps. It provides evidence of the capability shortfalls that currently exist in many countries, analyses this evidence and identifies capability traps that hold many governments back—particularly related to isomorphic mimicry and premature load-bearing. The book then describes a process that governments can use to escape these capability traps. Called PDIA (Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation), this process empowers people working in governments to find and fit solutions to the problems they face. This process is explained in a practical manner so that readers can actually apply tools and ideas to the capability challenges they face in their own contexts. These applications will help readers implement policies and reforms that have more impact than those of the past.

The book is available for purchase from Oxford University Press (UK, USA) or Amazon (UK, USA). The book is also available as a free download under a Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). Creative Commons License