Promoting institutional and organizational development

08 November 2010

The purpose of these DFID guidelines is to help you distinguish between the institutional and the organizational level, to identify institutional problems that inhibit improvements at the organizational level, and to work out how to promote the necessary changes at both levels. Though based on DFID experiences, they are sufficiently general to be of interest also to others.

The guidelines are divided into 5 chapters that look at the:

  • importance of having a clear understanding of the institutional framework, and the main diagnostic tools used in institutional appraisal

  • diagnosis of organizational problems in the context of the wider institutional environment

  • best way to promote change

  • implementation of a change programme

  • monitoring and evaluation of change


The guidelines are complemented by a Source Book, offering a detailed description of different tools and techniques that can be used to promote organizational and institutional development.

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