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20 Nov 2014
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
This 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
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.
19 Oct 2014
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) have launched a video lecture series on impact evaluation in which 3ie experts explain key technical concepts using plain language and graphics. If you are a programme implementer, a policymaker or a student looking to learn about how rigorous, policy-relevant impact evaluations and evidence synthesis generate valuable evidence about what development interventions have worked, how and at what cost, this lecture series is for you. No prior knowledge is required.
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Mark Nelson 01 October 2014
When it comes to measuring success or failure, media developers face many of the same challenges as the rest of the international development community. Do you measure inputs, such as the amount of money that is invested in media development initiatives? Or do you track outcomes from...
Blogs and articles from the network
- New ways of working to reach the unreached children after 2015
- On the frontlines of the Ebola Outbreak - Accountability and monitoring of aid
- KCoP Learning Event Wraps Up with Cross-Country Sharing on M&E, MfDR
- Stakeholders Reiterate Commitment to M&E, MfDR During Kenya High Level Event
- A new paradigm for capacity development. Devex. 18 November 2014.
- Tanzania assessment findings pave the way for rapid results initiatives
- KCoP Learning Event Day Two: Global Experience, Capacities, Opportunities and Challenges
- Transformative Change through Social Protection?
CD Calendar latest items
- Capacity Development e-learning course (LenCD/DiploFoundation)
- Organised farmers as partners in agribusiness (Training with fellowship opportunity)
- (ALNAP Webinar) From the Municipality Up: Engaging Local Government in Urban Humanitarian Response
- Building Sustainability of Civil Society Workshop
- Webinar: Developing National Capacities in Food Security and Nutrition Information Systems in Sudan - See more at: http://capacity4dev.ec.europa.eu/public-cd-tc/event/webinar-developing-national-capacities-food-security-and-nutrition-information-systems-s
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