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.

25 Nov 2014

The European Training Foundation (ETF) has published a new toolkit on vocational education and training and capacity development.  It aims to support the development of tools and methods to meet capacity development needs and provides guidance on measuring the impacts of capacity building activities.  The toolkit is addressed to ETF operational units, other practitioners working on vocational education and training, and partner country policy-makers.  The ETF supports human capital development in more than 30 partner countries, with a specific focus on vocational education and training (VET). 

20 Nov 2014

Institutions Taking Root (book cover)Building and operating successful public institutions is a challenge for governments, even under ideal circumstances. The challenge is compounded by the conditions found in fragile and confl ict-affected settings, where human security, social cohesion, political stability, and economic activity have been dislocated.  But despite the odds, some public institutions in these contexts do manage to take root and effectively deliver results and core services, earn legitimacy, and forge resilience.  This new World Bank Group report examines book examines some of these success stories to understand why and how they have succeeded. Drawing on research from Lao PDR, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, and Timor Leste, the research shows that successful institutions focus on delivering results and generating legitimacy at the same time. They do this through a combination of internal management reforms and creating strong external connections to navigate their broader socio-political environment.  The authors move away from studies focused on political stability and argue that the success of individual institutions can have a broader effect on state legitimacy. 

10 Nov 2014

Learning agenda on local capacity developmentThis extensive report examines the relationship between USAID and local organisations with regards to capacity development. The research involved a historical analysis of USAID’s work, a literature review and field research involving interviews with 325 organizations in 9 countries.  The report recommends that donors should improve their understanding of context and culture, replace the 'project' mode of operation with a focus on institutional and organisational development, and change their concept of capacity to go beyond prescribed capacity asessment frameworks to second-order or soft capacities.

Event postponed: LenCD General Assembly 2014

27 Oct 2014

The 10th anniversary general assembly of the Learning Network, tentatively proposed for this December, will be postponed until a date to be confirmed in mid-2015.  Watch the website or subscribe to the email bulletin for further information.  

22 Oct 2014

DiploFoundation is now accepting applications for the online course in capacity development based on the LenCD Learning Package.  The first session of the course ran in 2013 with 21 participants and was highly successful.  The next session will take place in January 2015 and the deadline for applications is 10 December.  The course runs over nine weeks and is based on a collaborative approach to learning, involving a high level of interaction with lecturers, guest experts, and the other participants.  The course will be of interest to practitioners of capacity development and other professionals working in the development field who plan to start working specifically in capacity development.  More details are available on DiploFoundation's web site.

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