27 Aug 2016

World Water Week in Stockholm is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues. This year, the theme is Water for Sustainable Growth. Experts, practitioners, decision-makers, business innovators and young professionals from a range of sectors and countries come to Stockholm to network, exchange ideas, foster new thinking and develop solutions to the most pressing water-related challenges of today. In 2015, over 3,300 individuals and close to 300 convening organizations from 130 countries participated.  Many sessions will be live-streamed for people who cannot attend in person.

15 Aug 2016

Africa for ResultsAdaptation to climate change is expected to be difficult for Africa due to poor economic development and low adaptive capacity.  Challenges include poverty and weak governance and institutional frameworks for climate resilient programming. Gender analysis remains particularly weak or framed at a macro level without specific evidence and mechanisms to adapt to climate change.  AfCoP is inviting network members to reflect on climate change impacts and adaptation within their communities, countries, and on the African continent as a whole to identify capacity imperatives, opportunities and lessons in an online discussion.

08 Aug 2016

How can we build tax capacity in developing countries?The World Bank, IMF, OECD, and UN have submitted recommendations to the G20 on how to strengthen the capacity of countries to build fair, efficient tax systems.  The recently-formed Platform for Collaboration on Tax has released recommendations in a report titled “Enhancing the Effectiveness of External Support in Building Tax Capacity in Developing Countries” which present an ambitious agenda for development partners to support developing nations to strengthen their tax systems and realize their development objectives, as well as strive for achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.  Well-functioning tax systems allow countries to chart their own futures, pay for essential services, and build trust with their citizens. The report finds that country commitment is vital to success in tax reforms and identifies five factors that provide an environment receptive to tax reform: Assisting countries to develop a coherent revenue strategy as part of a development financing plan; coordinating effectively among providers of capacity development; making accessible a strong knowledge and evidence base; promoting regional cooperation and support; and strengthening participation of developing countries in international rule-setting.  A World Bank blog post summarises the key findings and recommendations from the report.

31 Jul 2016

How can capacity development promote evidence-informed policy making?This literature review examines how and why different approaches to capacity building for evidence-informed policy making work, for whom, and in which contexts – aiming to provide a practical resource summarising existing knowledge about evidence use in decision making and how to promote it.  The study finds that: (1) interventions that aim to increase capacity for evidence use can catalyse change in a variety of ways, and the literature provides some practical insights into some of the factors that might help or hinder various types of interventions in different contexts; (2) we need to think beyond a capacity ‘gap’ that can be ‘filled’ through training and other skills-building interventions; and (3) uncovering the assumptions behind the idea of ‘evidence-informed policy-making’ is crucial to understanding the links between capacity building, evidence use, and better policies.


25 Jul 2016

Tropical Agriculture PlatformThe Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP) announces the publication of the TAP Common Framework on Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation Systems.  The Framework proposes a practical approach to CD for agricultural innovation that emphasizes the role of facilitation, documentation and knowledge management issues as well as reflection and learning for enabling agricultural innovation. The Framework identifies "4 + 1" capacities for agricultural innovatoin systems to perform effectively: capacity to navigate complexity; capacity to collaborate; capacity to reflect and learn; capacity to engage in strategic and political processes; and an overarching capacity to adapt and respond in order to realize the potential of innovation.

18 Jul 2016

AfriK4RFrom July 13-15, 2016, the African Community of Practice on Managing for Development Results (AfCoP-MfDR) organized the Third Africa for Results Forum in Nairobi, Kenya, focusing on domestic resource mobilization. The Forum seeks to further the results culture in Africa and contribute to the continent’s transformation agenda through knowledge sharing and dialogue on mainstreaming results-based management.  Documents from the Forum including presentations, videos, rapporteurs' notes, and more are now available via Google Docs.

16 Jun 2016

Learn4Dev's annual meeting is taking place in Rome from 15-17 June.  This year's theme is Innovation in Learning and Learning Technology.  To extend the reach of knowledge beyond the annual meeting conference room, Learn4Dev is posting highlights of discussions at its 2016 annual meeting including copies of presentations and other related materials in real time on Storify and on Twitter at @Learn4D and #L4DAM16.

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  • 2013 Brian Lucas / GSDRC, University of Birmingham
    Capacity development (CD) emerged in the 1990s from a reassessment of earlier approaches to technical cooperation. (Pearson 2011b, p. 10) It is now “gaining greater prominence in international...
  • 2009 Thomas Theisohn, Mark Nelson, Janet Awimbo / World Bank Institute
    One of the major challenges facing the international development community is creating a capacity development (CD) architecture built on solid evidence. In this CD Brief, the authors argue that,...