13 Sep 2014

The Africa Evidence Network invites abstracts for presentation at this year's Colloquium to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa in November.  Colloquium topics include evidence-informed decision-making in government, building demand for evidence, and building capacity for using evidence, monitoring and evaluation, commissioning and producing research, and systematic reviews and evidence synthesis for decision-making.

20 Aug 2014

TAY Choon Hong (Director, PS-21 Office, PSD Singapore) and Max Everest-Phillips (Director, UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence) — at UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence.The UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence (GCPSE) and the Singapore Public Service Division (PSD) organised a two-day event on the Public Service Post-2015 in July.  A Research Workshop brought together researchers from academia, international organisations and public services from various countries to discuss motivation and the public service ethos.  The next day, the Public Service Leaders' Congress provided a platform for senior public service leaders from around the ASEAN region to exchange views and discuss issues with key experts and representatives from UNDP country offices on restoring public service ethos. Materials from the event are available at https://undp.unteamworks.org/node/450355.

11 Aug 2014

German Development InstituteA new research paper by Niels Keijzer of the German Development Institute analyses the policies and priorities of the governments of Cambodia and Malawi with respect to capacity development support (CDS), based on secondary research evidence and perceptions of effectiveness from a wide range of stakeholders.  It concludes that it is not formal strategies and policy frameworks but individual perceptions and attitudes of government officials that decisively influence the role and ability of CDS to support government and develop capacity. In aid-dependent and low-income countries such as Cambodia and Malawi, longer-term CDS interventions are more likely to be effective and sustainable when they promote adaptive and teamwork-oriented approaches under the leadership of strong and respected government officials.

04 Aug 2014

UNDP, ILO, and the governments of Germany and Moldova are co-convening a dialogue on strengthening capacities and building effective institutions to discuss capacity constraints and challenges, as well as innovations and best practices, related to meeting new sustainable development goal (SDGs) as part of the post-2015 development agenda.  In Phase 1 of this online dialogue (30 July to 10 August), participants are invited to reflect on the lessons that have emerged on the role of capacity strengthening and institutional building in the achievement and sustainability of the Millennium Development Goals and other international development goals. What capacity and institutional gaps need strengthening? What specific coordination mechanisms helped coordinate, manage, monitor and ultimately encourage the achievement of the MDGs?

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