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  • In the early 2000s, the municipality of Alta Floresta was part of Brazil’s Arc of Fire, a curving frontier of communities whose residents were clearing old-growth forests in the Amazon region so they could graze livestock, harvest timber, or cultivate crops. In 2008, the federal government cracked down on deforestation and pressured local governments to implement national environmental regulations. It created a blacklist of municipalities that were the worst violators of deforestation...
    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
  • When Andrés Manuel López Obrador became mayor of Mexico City at the end of 2000, a massive crime wave was sweeping the national capital. From 1995 to 1998, the city’s overall crime rate had nearly tripled. Aware that taking back the streets from criminals would require a new approach, López Obrador brought in an experienced political leader, Marcelo Ebrard Casaubón, to head the Secretariat of Public Security of the Federal District. Together they introduced new systems that could document...
    Princeton Innovations for Successful Societies 2014
  • This case story documents an example of South-South/triangular cooperation in the context of building capacity with regard to primary and elementary education research. It involves a civil society organization from India, the ASER Centre, sharing its expertise and experience with an organization, Uwezo East Africa, operating in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda with funding from the Hewlett Foundation (U.S.) in an effort to build capacity to undertake primary and elementary education research to...
    South-South Opportunity 2010
  • Madhya Pradesh has been recognised both nationally and internationally for encouraging citizen participation in governance and creating an accessible, accountable and transparent state bureaucracy. One of the ways in which this has been achieved is by the MPOnline programme. This joint venture between the state government and Tata Consultancy services was undertaken to bridge the gap between the government and the citizens. This programme has played a crucial role in improving the delivery of...
    Other collections 2012
  • The North Eastern Region Community Resource Management Project (NERCORMP) is a rural development project working in three states of North East India with the overall objective of improving the livelihood of vulnerable groups in a sustainable manner through improved management of resources. The genesis of NERCORMP can be drawn back to the lack of governmental service delivery mechanism, and the absence of sustainable development initiatives viable for the hilly regions. Through building of...
    Other collections 2011
  • The  impact  of  violence,  torture  and  conflicts  on  communities  striving  to  make  a  living  remains  undocumented  in  many  parts  of  contemporary  Zimbabwe.  This  case  study  seeks  to  share  the  other  half  of  the  story  to  violence,  torture  and  conflicts:  the  story ...
    Afrik4R Africa for Results Initiative 2014
  • Vegetable production is one of the main sources of income for the majority of poor, rural farmers in the Svay Rieng province of Cambodia. Despite the economic value of vegetable production here, farmers still practice traditional methods that result in reduced productivity and less efficient use of agricultural inputs including labour and financial investments. Both male and female farmers are generally hesitant to adopt new technologies and agricultural practices unless there is demonstrable...
    SNV Case story collection 2012
  • The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) is rights based approach to development launched by Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh in 2006. The scheme seeks to give at least 100 days of waged employment at minimum wage to every volunteer who volunteers for casual work. The act was designed to be implemented across the country, and if implemented correctly the programme could transform the socio-economic landscape of both rural and urban India. The Act made several...
    Other collections 2011
  • The Nemmadi telecentre project was a public-private initiative started in 2004 that sought to improve the delivery of e-governance services to rural citizens. The project took place in Karnataka, where the government had already been recognised for promoting citizen centric practices of governance in order to create a more transparent and accountable model of government services. The use of information and technology were key to this activity. Through partnerships with several of private...
    Other collections 2012
  • One of Malaysia’s strengths is its ethnically diverse society, consisting of the majority Malays and indigenous groups (Bumiputera), as well as Chinese, Indians and others. Capacity development interventions have arisen from the need to advance Malaysia’s standing as a new state, but also to address ethnic imbalances inherited from colonial rule. Two priorities have been clear. The first involved increasing wealth among the Bumiputera so they could be entrepreneurs in their own...
    UNDP Ownership Leadership and Transformation 2003
  • The objective of this project was to strengthen the capacities of civil society organisations in Guatemala that work with human rights, health, sexual and reproductive health of women. The intention was to build social networks and knowledge platforms in order to influence public policy, and support the government in the provision of human rights and gender based services. The program employed several capacity development strategies, focusing in the following areas Societal capacities:...
    Other collections 2010
  • The World Health Organisation recognises that poor governance at district health services results in corruption, patient vulnerability, lack of rule of law, poor patient information, unsafe healthcare practices and poor quality of service. In the systemic quality improvement assessment of the Millennium Development Goals, health governance in Cameroon scored lowest in national health sector performance and was identified as key in low performance on health related Millennium Development Goals....
    SNV Case story collection 2010
  • Experiences from Mongolia and Morocco demonstrate the importance of backing breakthrough institutions in microfinance that can become industry leaders and engage in healthy competition in the market, while maintaining a focus on the overarching goal: reaching out to poor clients. Past lessons indicate that while funders can invest and structure their assistance wisely, they do not create successful microfinance; managers with the vision to establish sustainable institutions do. Moreover,...
    UNDP Ownership Leadership and Transformation 2003
  • An experience in Guatemala bears lessons for engagement in post-conflict reconstruction. In this case, an assembly of civil society organizations played a key role in starting to rebuild a country devastated by civil war. They were assisted by donors, which devised a coordinated strategy, with one agency acting as facilitator. The careful construction of a process of dialogue, capacity mapping and eventually the commissioning of pilot development projects helped foster an atmosphere of trust...
    UNDP Ownership Leadership and Transformation 2003
  • A world heritage site is a global public good. Its conservation, accessibility and the blending of these with local realities can test planning, execution, institutional coordination and commitment. Complex and multiple capacities are called for. In Cambodia, Angkor Wat is especially challenging not only because it is the world’s largest temple complex, but also because the site is in a country that has recently emerged from war and has 22,000 inhabitants. While an international umbrella...
    UNDP Ownership Leadership and Transformation 2003
  • Relations between Tanzania and the donor community deteriorated during the early 1990s. A high-level group of experts, appointed to investigate the problems, proposed ways to put the relationship back on track. Seven years later, a radical change of rules has brought the two sides back together. An independent monitoring mechanism now helps to hold the partners to account, recommending regular improvements based on impartial and transparent assessments. The group’s findings are widely...
    Other collections 2003
  • For years, Nauru, a small Pacific island nation (population 10,000), benefited from the considerable wealth generated from its only major natural resource, phosphate. However, when that resource was almost exhausted and national assets held under the Nauru Phosphate Royalties Trust (NPRT) had been reduced to relatively minor holdings, the Government of Nauru sought and received assistance from Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) to prepare a...
    ADB Capacity Development in the Pacific 2008
  • A poor community in northern Egypt mobilized itself to improve waste water processing. The Geziret El Sheir project succeeded in establishing a regular and fully functional system for waste water collection and disposal. As confidence grew in its own ability to bring about change, the community embarked on improvements in other aspects of environmental management. All along, local authorities offered vital contributions not only to the project, but also in replicating and upstreaming the...
    UNDP Ownership Leadership and Transformation 2003
  • During the past decade, the World Aquarium’s Conservation for the Oceans Foundation (CFTO), has convened multistakeholder groups worldwide to find solutions to environmental and economic sustainability issues. CFTO supports these activities with up to a $2,500 grant, which is matched by other local organizations, enabling activity continuation. India: Establishment of Ramsar Sites and Sustainable Aquaculture Workshops – 2009 & 2010 The state of Kerala is the home to one of the...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
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