This is a study of instituions in Sri Lanka having received development assistance from Japanese and Nordic donors. The main research questions are: To what extent can changes in recipient organisations with respect to their capacity development be attributed to differences in donor practices with particular reference to the issue of 'recipient ownership'? How do recipient organisations in Sri Lanka experience and perceive differences between Japanese and Nordic donors? What can be learned from such differences in terms of aid policy? How to deal with incentive problems in aid partnerships? This is a case study contributing to the research programme "Forging Partnerships", jointly financed by Sida, Norad, Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, JICA and JBIC.

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