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  • Change Initiatives is an NGO based in West Bengal. Its major focus has been to explore the role of ICT to promote development with a strong focus on research. Among other initiatives their aim has been to bring together women’s groups and help in virtual interaction and work towards sustainable development with the help of communication tools such as ICTs, videos and print. Assumption Better access to ICT tools would speed up development. However a lack of electricity and connectivity in...
    Other collections 2008
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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  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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • As nearly 112 million households have no access to formal credit, financial inclusion (FI) remains a key policy concern in India. There are a multitude of challanges for including remote and poor populations most prevalent of which are; limited human resources and high transaction costs. The Punjab National Bank’s ICT for Financial Inclusion programme aims to undercut these challenges and make banking services reach the poorest most excluded populations in India. The bank also wanted to...
    Other collections 2011
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The Mountain Areas Conservancy Project in Pakistan works with local communities to control hunting and conserve biodiversity. For IUCN in Pakistan, poverty alleviation is no new buzz word, considering its large, long term field project, the Mountain Areas Conservancy Project (MACP) where local communities were engaged in conservation of natural resources with an understanding of its short term economic gain and the long term benefits of sustainable use of natural resources. The MACP in the...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • This study explores the growth of capacity in IUCN in Asia over the period from its inception in 1995 to early 2005, with the aim of broadly assessing how capacity was built, maintained and strengthened over that period. This regional component of IUCN-the World Conservation Union employs 445 staff members who work in partnership with 136 governmental and non-governmental members to focus on the conservation and rehabilitation of landscapes, ecosystems, habitats and species in Asia. In the...
    ECDPM Discussion Papers 2005
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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