Understanding North-South municipal partnership conditions for capacity development- a Dutch-Peruvian example

“In the discourse on development cooperation through partnerships North – South, shows a lack of knowledge about the conditions for a good partnership between local authorities that would achieve maximum potential and capacity building in local organizations. This publication presents the findings and the empirical study of a municipal association Dutch – Peru, discussing the conditions under which institutional strengthening has taken shape in the municipality of Villa El Salvador, Peru. It is argued that municipal associations have the potential to be demand-driven, based on existing needs and facilitated by a high level of understanding between the two institutions with similar characteristics. Northern counterparts can fill a niche to meet the capacity needs of southern municipalities that may be excluded from international assistance, due to the negative perceptions about working with public institutions in the South.”