Lynne Rienner Publishers Logo

Strategic Advising in Foreign Assistance: A Practical Guide

Nadia Gerspacher
Strategic Advising in Foreign Assistance: A Practical Guide
ISBN: 978-1-62637-521-5
ISBN: 978-1- 62637-522-2
ISBN: 978-1-62637-573-4
2016/171 pages/LC: 2015043551
A Kumarian Press Book
"This seminal work on strategic advising is long overdue.... Anyone engaged in writing policy, planning, or operationalizing strategic advising efforts needs to read it."—John M. Gillette, Endgame Solutions


Though advisers to host governments have become an integral part of foreign-assistance efforts in the realms of both development and peace processes, there has been scant information on how they can best achieve their goals. What skills, tools, and attributes do successful advisers need? How can they best share their expertise with their foreign counterparts in ways that build local capacities and contribute to sustainable solutions?

Filling the lacunae, Nadia Gerspacher's welcome handbook offers practical, step-by-step guidance for any adviser joining an assistance mission tasked with effective and long-lasting local capacity building.


Nadia Gerspacher is director of security sector education at the United States Institute of Peace, where she manages a wide range of capacity-building projects as well as programs that prepare advisers to deploy on capacity-building missions.


  • Introduction.
  • What Is Capacity Building?
  • What Is a Strategic Adviser?
  • Coping with Challenges.
  • Assessing Local Capacity.
  • Identifying all Agents of Change.
  • How to Transfer Knowledge.
  • How to Establish a Good Relationship.
  • Coordinating with Other Actors.
  • How to Create Sustainability.
  • Exiting.