This article discusses the "big-push" approach to Africa's development and its implications for local-level processes. This approach has enhanced the role of national governments in development planning along with a focus on building the capacity of public sectors. It is argued that building strong capacity from below is equally important to initiate and support sustained action on poverty reduction. The article thus presents a brief case study of the role and functions of the kebele (local) administrations in Ethiopia along with a practical planning framework to help understand the issues involved in the planning of local capacity building.

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Journal Canadian Journal of Development Studies
Mequanent, G. (Getachew), & Taylor, D.R. (2007). The big-push approach to African development and local capacity building: Understanding the issues. Canadian Journal of Development Studies, 28(1), 9–26.