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Valentin Seidler

international agencies since World War II. See for example the information provided by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies on capacity building. Online sourceifrc.org/en/what-we-do/capacity-building/. In a wider context, the activities summed up under ›local capacity building‹ are often regarded as a development goal in itself or as an important factor ensuring ›sustainable development‹ In this text »development« is understood as economic development. Economic historians regard long-term economic growth as a necessary condition for human and

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Stefan Couperus, Harm Kaal, Nico Randeraad and Paul van Trigt

periodical reports – in other words, ›little tools of knowledge‹ – a sense of provincial statehood emerged, which not only tightened the bond between center and periphery, but also between citizens and state. The increasing visibility of provincial representatives and officials beyond the office walls, through tours, surveys, mediation and conversations with local elites, sustained this integrative logic. Second, the province had to be imagined as a spatial entity in its own right – not just as a collection of rural and urban municipalities or as a unit within the