Book Description: "The Transformation of Capacity" exposes the transformation of capacity building as a concept of practice through an examination of USAID's work in Afghanistan and Pakistan between 1977 and 2017. It traces the evolution of donor discourses from the Cold War through the Global War on Terror, exposing the tensions within donor agendas between market, human rights and security-based narratives and discourses. The findings of this research sheds light on the tensions within the global policy community in the international management of development efforts and security threats, as well as implications for the future of rights-based approaches to development within a context of counterinsurgency campaigns, and the general sustainability of donor investments. As scholars and practitioners consider the future direction of human rights approaches to development, this book informs alternative approaches to the failure of the status quo.
Current Work and Affiliations:
Avideh Mayville, Ph.D, (2018) is an organizational leader with over a decade of experience leading programs, projects, and research across non-profits, think tanks, and higher education institutions. Her areas of expertise include global policy and agenda setting processes, donor-recipient dynamics, civil-military collaboration, and human rights-based approaches to development in conflict environments. She is fluent in Farsi, and experienced in leading multicultural teams and diverse projects, designing and executing mixed methods research agendas and projects, and developing curriculum to facilitate cross-cultural collaboration.
She is Vice President of Programs at American Corporate Partners;
Director of Strategic Initiatives at Global TechnoPolitics Forum and is a Research Affiliate with Center for Social Science Research's Movement Engaged.
April 16, 2021