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  • This case story outlines how Guinean farmers have moved away from traditional agricultural activity to new produce in order to spur their own economic development.  To assist local farmers, in 2011 USAID sponsored the creation of a ginger farming microenterprise. Farmers’ groups received training, improved seed varieties and were loaned land by a member of the microenterprise or a private owner with the help of the implementing partner and local authorities. Ginger cultivation is now...
    Other collections 2014
  • In 2004, Permanent Secretary Joyce Nyamweya faced a daunting task when she took over Kenya's Public Service Reform and Development Secretariat. President Mwai Kibaki had charged Nyamweya with building both capacity and a results-oriented culture in ministries and other government institutions unaccustomed to providing quality public services or delivering on medium and long-term targets. With the help of Stanley Murange, special adviser to the president, Nyamweya focused on ministries that...
    Princeton Innovations for Successful Societies 2012
  • When Ernest Bai Koroma assumed the presidency of Sierra Leone in 2007, he promised to run his government as efficiently as a private business. A few years earlier, a brutal 11-year civil war had ended, leaving an estimated 50,000 dead and an additional two million displaced. The effects of the war gutted the government’s capacity to deliver basic services. Koroma launched an ambitious agenda that targeted key areas for improvement including energy, agriculture, infrastructure and health....
    Princeton Innovations for Successful Societies 2012
  • The Ethiopian Government commissioned the creation of 15,000 Farmer Training Centres (FTCs) to help develop the capacity of farmers and pastoralists. Built with leadership from the community; the centres trained farmers to diploma level on crop production, natural resources and animal production. The Government later requested 40 of these centres be developed to service the whole community in a pilot scheme. Consultation was done at grass-roots level with community leaders, religious leaders,...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2012
  • India has the highest number of women leaders in the world; however representation has not been synonymous with participation. Women are perceived as incapable of carrying out their responsibilities in the male dominated political sphere. To address this, in 2001 the Hunger Project, designed a comprehensive capacity building programme called Panchayat Raj Campaign The organizers aimed for a bottom-up approach in order to facilitate development. They organised participatory workshops that worked...
    Other collections 2012
  • When Awni Yarvas took over as head of Jordan’s Civil Status and Passports Department in 1996, he was in an enviable position in many ways.  His predecessor, Nasouh Muhieddin Marzouqa, had moved forcefully to deal with inconsistent and time-consuming service delivery that had angered citizens who depended on department documents important to their daily lives.  However, despite Marzouqa’s achievements on several fronts, the department was still inefficient in many ways. The...
    Princeton Innovations for Successful Societies 2012
  • This case study describes how a local market fair for services helped to bring about transparency and connections for actors in the segmented value chains of non-timber forest products. The case describes how and why the fair was organised and presents statistics highlighting its success. If a market can be described as an environment, whether physical or virtual, in which demand and supply actors can meet, interact, negotiate and do deals for the purchase and delivery of products or services,...
    SNV Case story collection 2012
  • School enrollment levels in many developing countries have improved in recent years however there has not been a similar rise in learning level. This case study analyzes a scheme piloted by the Government of Ghana through its educational arm, the Ghana Education Service, in partnership with the National Youth Employment Scheme. It mobilises unemployed high school graduates as teaching assistants to help improve teaching and learning in primary school especially in rural and deprived communities...
    Afrik4R Africa for Results Initiative 2014
  • Lagos State began the twenty-first century as a boomtown crippled by crime, traffic, blight, and corruption. A regional economic hub and burgeoning state of 13.4 million people, the megalopolis had a global reputation for government dysfunction. Two successively elected governors, Bola Tinubu and Babatunde Fashola, worked in tandem to set the state on a new course. Beginning in 1999, their administrations overhauled city governance, raised new revenues, improved security and sanitation, reduced...
    Princeton Innovations for Successful Societies 2014
  • This publication attempts to take a a more holistic and pragmatic approach to country systems strengthening. The central question of systems strengthening in international development has seldom been explicitly defined or operationalized, and is more subject to generic rhetorical assertions than to rigorous analysis based on a theory of change. This background paper explores USAID’s experience in human and organizational capacity in the context of systems strengthening, exploring the...
    Other collections 2012
  • In the early years of the twenty-first century, aging technology, disorganization, and corruption undermined the effectiveness of Kenya’s customs service as highlighted in a 2002 study by the World Customs Organization of port operations at Mombasa. Growing regional trade and domestic anti-corruption initiatives created pressure to improve customs operations. Neighboring countries had started to upgrade their ports and implement measures that would expand both regional and inter-...
    Princeton Innovations for Successful Societies 2014
  • A complex paper-based city tax collection system made Rio de Janeiro a difficult environment for business and a source of lost revenue when Eduardo Paes became mayor in 2009. Elected on a promise to set the city’s fiscal house in order, Paes planned to implement an electronic invoicing system based on similar programs piloted in other Brazilian cities. A recent constitutional amendment required all levels of Brazil’s federal system of government to ease the burdens of the country...
    Princeton Innovations for Successful Societies 2014
  •  In 2005, based on the priorities agreed at the World Summit of Sustainable Development (Johannesburg) and the Millennium Development Goals, Costa Rica, Benin and Bhutan came under the umbrella of South-South Cooperation, and received funding of US$13.2 million from the Netherlands.). The “south” countries worked together setting out a number of goals that included poverty reduction, gender equality, change in patterns of production and non-sustainable consumption, improvement...
    South-South Opportunity 2011
  • Following a close and highly contested 2006 presidential race, Mexico faced a crisis of credibility in the management of its elections. An opposition party threatened not to recognize the government as legitimate, citing fraud and unfair treatment by broadcast media during the campaign. Legislators in Mexico’s three largest political parties parlayed the crisis into an opportunity to address long-standing problems in the country’s electoral process. They passed a reform package that...
    Princeton Innovations for Successful Societies 2014
  • When Prime Minister Najib Razak took office in April 2009, he aimed to set Malaysia on a new course. The nation’s economy was stagnating in the wake of the global financial crisis, and citizen discontent with government performance had led to the worst election results for the ruling coalition since independence from the United Kingdom in 1957. To turn the country in a new direction, Najib created a new post in the Cabinet—Minister for National Unity and Performance Management...
    Princeton Innovations for Successful Societies 2014
  • In 2002, the interim administration of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan sought quick ways to expand economic opportunities for the country’s poorest rural communities and promote a sense of shared national citizenship. Afghanistan had just emerged from 30 years of devastating conflict. Standards of living were low. Younger Afghans had never lived and worked together as members of a shared political community, and some had spent most of their lives abroad as refugees. In response, a...
    Princeton Innovations for Successful Societies 2014
  • This case study examines an initiative run by The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) aimed at rapidly developing core government capacity through a coaching and mentoring scheme. They provided 200 civil servant support officers (CSSOs) from neighbouring countries to South Sudan, where they were twinned with counterparts across a range of ministries and sectors in order to mentor, train and share best practice. The initiative is promising as a new and potentially innovative model...
    Other collections 2013
  • In 1995, the Mexican government instituted a skills-based vocational education and training system to gain a competitive edge in global markets by making it easier for job seekers to signal their qualifications to employers and by modernizing job training nationwide. However, initial efforts to implement the system failed to gain traction among businesses, unions, and educational institutions. In 2007, a new leadership team took over the public trust that was managing the system and reformed...
    Princeton Innovations for Successful Societies 2014
  • When Prime Minister Najib Razak took office in April 2009, he aimed to set Malaysia on a new course. The nation’s economy was stagnating in the wake of the global financial crisis, and citizen discontent with government performance had led to the worst election results for the ruling coalition since independence from the United Kingdom in 1957. To turn the country in a new direction, Najib created a new post in the Cabinet—Minister for National Unity and Performance Management...
    Princeton Innovations for Successful Societies 2014
  • Tunisia’s Independent High Authority for Elections faced a formidable task in May 2011. The newly created commission had five months to organize and implement elections for a National Constituent Assembly that would rewrite the Tunisian constitution. Commissioners moved quickly to build capacity and restore public faith in elections. The commission navigated the pressures of a compressed electoral calendar, an agitated electorate, and skepticism of the transitional government. The story...
    Princeton Innovations for Successful Societies 2014
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