Policy & Politics
Advancing knowledge in public and social policy

Capacity building in the minority ethnic voluntary sector: for whom, how and for what purpose?

Authors:
Gina NettoSchool of the Built Environment, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, UK

Search for other papers by Gina Netto in
Current site
Google Scholar
Close
,
Nicolina KamenouSchool of Management, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, UK

Search for other papers by Nicolina Kamenou in
Current site
Google Scholar
Close
,
Sheetal VenugopalGlasgow Community and Safety Services, UK

Search for other papers by Sheetal Venugopal in
Current site
Google Scholar
Close
, and
Rabia AsgharRoyal Bank of Scotland

Search for other papers by Rabia Asghar in
Current site
Google Scholar
Close
Restricted access
Get eTOC alerts
Rights and permissions Cite this article

Changing trends in governance have contributed to the development of ‘capacity-building initiatives’ in the third sector to enable them to take a greater role in partnership approaches, service delivery and social entrepreneurship. However, analysts have argued that such initiatives are more likely to serve the interests of professionalised welfare groups rather than engage with communities’ own skills and interests. Drawing on in-depth individual interviews and case studies with those engaged in such activities in minority ethnic organisations in devolved Scotland, this paper reveals that ‘capacity’ is a socially constructed, negotiated process, which benefits some organisations more than others. We identify factors which are likely to either facilitate or hinder the process. While there is consensus among participants that such activities play a useful role in developing organisational capacity, we argue that the responsibility for addressing structural factors including socio-economic disadvantage and racism remains with government.

Gina NettoSchool of the Built Environment, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, UK

Search for other papers by Gina Netto in
Current site
Google Scholar
Close
,
Nicolina KamenouSchool of Management, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, UK

Search for other papers by Nicolina Kamenou in
Current site
Google Scholar
Close
,
Sheetal VenugopalGlasgow Community and Safety Services, UK

Search for other papers by Sheetal Venugopal in
Current site
Google Scholar
Close
, and
Rabia AsgharRoyal Bank of Scotland

Search for other papers by Rabia Asghar in
Current site
Google Scholar
Close

Content Metrics

May 2022 onwards Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 91 91 2
Full Text Views 14 14 0
PDF Downloads 11 11 0

Altmetrics

Dimensions