30 Jan 2015

This Capacity Development Strategy AfricaCapacity Development Strategy articulates how the Economic Commission for Africa, in acknowledged areas of competence, supports its member States, the African Union, regional economic communities and other pan-African institutions in order to strengthen their capacity to promote and achieve sustainable and inclusive economic growth, and to accelerate structural transformation in the context of African Union (AU) priorities and its New Economic Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) programme as well as the upcoming African Union Agenda 2063.

23 Jan 2015

Africa Capacity ReportThe African Capacity Report is an annual report that consolidates information on the capacity of African nations in a cross section of areas. This year’s report focuses on capacity requirements for regional integration. Capacity building is key as regional economic communities and regional development organizations are establishing strategic frameworks for integration across the continent. Many of the ABCF’s interventions help move the regional integration agenda forward by strengthening the RECs as platforms for harmonizing policy and enhancing trade among member countries. Recommendations include: increasing capacity building in wider efforts to achieve sustainable development; emphasising the retention and use of skills, not just their acquisition; and how it is key to monitor and evaluate all efforts when building capacity.

12 Jan 2015

Munawwar Alam

A video recording of the webinar is now available.  

Due to re-defining of the role of the state, and in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, there has been an increasing focus on local governance in the development arena. In the Commonwealth, decentralisation has affected grass-roots level traditional structures and mega-federations alike. Decentralised local governments face new challenges that are more complex and sometimes politically sensitive.  There are several lessons to be learnt from the Commonwealth experience of decentralisation, including involvement of critical actors of political economy and capacity development and their linkage with the outcome of local government reforms.

Dr Munawwar Alam is an international civil servant from Pakistan turned development practitioner. He has 22 years of experience in public service and international development at the Commonwealth Local Government Forum and the Commonwealth Secretariat. He is Honorary Senior Lecturer in the International Development Department, University of Birmingham.

29 Dec 2014

Capacity development at the national level in fragile and conflict-affected statesThis report examines current thinking on best practice in capacity development for national-level government institutions in fragile and conflict-affected states. There is a clear international consensus on desirable principles for capacity development in fragile states, but in practice, capacity development is a difficult problem even in stable situations, and is even more difficult in fragile situations. Power and politics in fragile states are less orderly, the shadow or informal state can take on a more pervasive and powerful role, capacity deficits can be large due to damage to physical infrastructure and the social fabric, and instability and crises can distract from the long-term perspective of capacity development.  Technical assistance and training remain common approaches, despite significant doubts that have been raised about their effectiveness. Innovative approaches that have been successfully deployed in fragile contexts feature increased emphasis on adaptive, flexible, and incremental approaches, and on South-South and triangular cooperation.

23 Dec 2014

A new paradigm for capacity developmentIn this webinar (recorded on 18 November) Deloitte Consulting LLP present a new approach to capacity development which focuses on “sustainable performance improvement”. They argue that there is a need to move away from outdated practices based on individual skills and training which do not offer a clear, systematic way to build capacity. The new approach, CYPRESS, which stands for Capacity Performance, Results, and Sustainability, provides a framework that allows more focus on maintainable, measurable performance.  Two representatives from Deloitte discuss how to make this approach the “new normal” by influencing stakeholders, empowering counterparts and facilitating change management.

18 Dec 2014

Motivation of Public Service OfficialsYears of salary reductions, insufficient equipment, dysfunctional budgets and increasing pressure to perform have led to major problems with public service motivation in many countries. This report outlines ways in which countries can motivate staff and avoid capacity erosion.  These include: linking incentives and motivation to the organisation’s objectives; remembering that people with so-called 'pro-social values' may be attracted to the private sector as well as the public sector; and making use of intrinsic motivation instead of relying on extrinsic incentives which can actually demotivate staff.

05 Dec 2014

Report on capacity building for social protectionThis literature review identifies recommendations and insights for developing sustainable government capacity to deliver social protection programmes.  Recommendations coming out of recent research and practitioner experience include developing mechanisms for improving coordination among ministries, sectors, and levels of government, as well as between partner governments and donors; improving evidence and data to support political will and dispel myths; supporting and guiding national dialogues to maintain the right political climate; legislative reform to construct a framework for social protection programmes; balancing centralisation with local service delivery; and ensuring long-term stable funding.

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