01 Jul 2015

Over 150 AfCoP members convened in Abidjan from June 8-10, 2015 for the 2015 AfCoP Meetings on the theme "Regional Integration for Africa's Transformation". The meetings were attended by experts, country and regional CoP representatives and concluded with a renewed commitment to advancing results-oriented regional integration and policy coherence in Africa. The meeting highlights and all meeting documents are now available online.  See also the ongoing discussion on how to evaluate capacity building.

29 Jun 2015

Capacity Development Beyond AidAfter 15 years, Capacity.org signs off with a retrospective publication, Capacity Development Beyond Aid.  The partner organizations behind Capacity.org outline an agenda for future research and practice based on the substantive body of capacity development theory and praxis accumulated over the past few decades. The publication commemorates the 15th year anniversary of Capacity.org during which 47 issues of the journal have been produced, as part of a broader knowledge platform for capacity development practitioners. The simple dichotomies that once defined the aid relationship – rich and poor countries, donors and recipients, the global North and South, foreign expertise and local knowledge, to name a few – have been rendered obsolete. The global flow of knowledge and expertise is changing. New players have appeared on the stage of development cooperation, including non-DAC countries, impact investors, philanthropic organisations and private sector companies.

23 Jun 2015

This research report from the Governance and Social Development Resource Centre reviews the literature engaging with a key issue, the reform of the Ministry of Interior (MoI) in fragile and post-conflict countries. While MoI reform is crucial to the success of Security Sector Reform (SSR), it has often been neglected by international actors and by the SSR literature. Case studies from Afghanistan, Iraq, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Central and Eastern European Countries (CEECs) highlight a range of challenges and problems in the international actors' action such as organisational and political resistance, a lack of adaptation to local circumstances and a lack of coordination. The literature consistently recommends that international donors and agency should work more politically and comprehensively to deal with the social and political embeddedness of the MoI.

16 Jun 2015

Agenda 2063 is an African Union initiative to encourage discussion among all stakeholders about how the continent should effectively learn from the lessons of the past, build on the progress now underway and strategically exploit all possible opportunities available in the short, medium and long term, so as to ensure positive socioeconomic transformation within the next 50 years.  Agenda 2063 is a new roadmap aiming to rekindle Pan-Africanism and a sense of unity, self-reliance, integration and solidarity.  

09 Jun 2015

3rd Pan-African Capacity Development ForumThe 3rd Pan African Capacity Development Forum organized by the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) will be held on 2-4 September 2015, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Forum will provide an opportunity for multi-stakeholder consultation aimed at unveiling the capacities required in government, the private sector, and civil society.  The theme of the Forum is “Developing Capacity for Africa’s Economic and Social Transformation”.

09 Jun 2015

Across Africa, women and men often experience different opportunities, conditions and privileges; they earn different wages, do not have the same access to education and are not always equal before the law. The Africa Gender Equality Index measures these differences across three dimensions: economic opportunities, human development, and law and institutions. It also provides the most comprehensive overview of gender equality in Africa, covering 52 out of 54 countries.  This index from the African Development Bank is intended to help African decision-makers focus on and address some of the most serious barriers that prevent African women from engaging on a level playing field with men, to help African citizens demand more from their governments, and to help the AfDB itself better focus its genderrelated policy dialogue and interventions.

01 Jun 2015

Public Sector Institutional Reform Topic GuideThe public sector is the single most important investment instrument for the state, and improving the way it is managed is critical for development outcomes including service delivery, social protection and private sector regulation. Public sector governance reform involves institutional reform – that is, changing the rules and norms that govern public sector activity. How can policymakers and practitioners support institutional reform to improve the performance of the state? What do we know about what has – or hasn't – worked, and where? This Topic Guide from the Governance and Social Development Resource Centre (GSDRC) synthesises the evidence, debates and lessons that emerge from the literature.

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