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Demand-led capacity building, the Big Lottery Fund and market-making in third sector support services

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Abstract:

An earlier article in Voluntary Sector Review examined the UK coalition government's agenda for supporting a stronger civil society (Macmillan, 2011). This article takes the story forward in the unfolding field of third sector infrastructure by considering key developments in the policy context in the intervening years. The specific focus here is market-making in support services, through a discussion of the Big Lottery Fund's 'building capabilities' framework and the promotion of 'demand-led' capacity building.

Keywords: BIG LOTTERY FUND; CAPACITY BUILDING; INFRASTRUCTURE; MARKETS

Document Type: Review Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1332/204080513X671887

Publication date: 2013-11-01

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  • Voluntary Sector Review publishes high-quality, peer-reviewed, accessible papers on third sector research, policy and practice. It is an invaluable cutting-edge resource for all those researching or working in the fast-growing voluntary, community and wider third sectors.

    The journal covers the full range of issues relevant to voluntary sector studies, including: definitional and theoretical debates; management and organisational development; financial and human resources; philanthropy; volunteering and employment; regulation and charity law; service delivery; civic engagement; industry and sub-sector dimensions; relations with other sectors; social enterprise; evaluation and impact. Voluntary Sector Review covers voluntary sector studies from a variety of disciplines, including sociology, social policy, politics, psychology, economics, business studies, social anthropology, philosophy and ethics. The journal includes work from the UK and Europe, and beyond, where cross-national comparisons are illuminating. With dedicated expert policy and practice sections, Voluntary Sector Review also provides an essential forum for the exchange of ideas and new thinking.

    Rigorous and stimulating, Voluntary Sector Review is an indispensable tool for everyone who values empirically-grounded, theoretically-informed and policy-relevant reviews of the future direction of the voluntary sector.

    Editors: Nick Acheson (Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland), Bernard Harris (University of Strathclyde, UK), Rob Macmillan, (University of Birmingham, UK)

    The journal is published in association with the Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN) and a print copy of the journal is a membership benefit.

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