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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The regional government improved its internal working and incorporated the UN and other humanitarian community in its own meeting regime for Early Recovery coordination. The system set up three years ago is still functioning; long after the exit of UN coordination staff. It took UNDP over six months of lobbying. After the with drawl of UNOCHA on conclusion of relief phase in mid 2006, the responsibility of coordination fell on the government, with UNDP providing necessary assistance. The ad hoc...
  • En 1993, comenzamos EcA Para ello: Sensibilizamos al medio empresarial y los capacitamos. Inlcuimos a las personas con discapacidad intelectual en el puesto. Realizamos un seguimiento sistematizado para facilitar su permanencia y promoción. Mas de 160 jóvenes ya fueron incluidos. Mas del 85% conserva su puesto de trabajo. El programa nace en el año 1993, con los siguientes objetivos: Insertar al joven con discapacidad al mundo laboral; Favorecer el desarrollo de sus capacidades; Concienciar a...
  • The story showcases a systems thinking based capacity development initiative in road construction that successfully worked across different types of levels, a) different scales of human organisation: individual - team - organization – network – society, and b) geographic or administrative units: communities (micro) – districts (meso) – nation state (macro). It illustrates the importance of understanding the ‘multi-level’ nature of capacity for achieving local...
  • In 2009, as part of the CDF’s attempts to improve the capacity development support to central and municipal level, in cooperation with the Ministry of Local Government Administration, we undertook the assessment of municipal capacities to fulfil their mandate, pertinent to own and delegated competencies, as part of decentralisation. Despite the vast financial and human resources invested in Kosovo, progress in developing national capacities and strengthening public institutions has been...
  • Governance reforms through decentralisation and deconcentration is central to poverty reduction and development in Cambodia. The National Committee for Sub-National Democratic Development is establishing a process oriented capacity development system for organisational development to strengthen local self-governance. The process aims at institutional capacity development through participatory performance assessment. Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in South-East Asia. More than a third...
  • Ultimately, we have to acknowledge that it is not our methods, strategies, tools or techniques which define the core and quality of our development practice, but ourselves—our past, our present and our future, and the will we can find to face these. What development practitioners “see” and do in their work depends on their worldview, values, attitudes and beliefs. In Cambodia, a combination of hierarchical culture, patronage, past trauma, and a rote-learning approach to...
  • This is the case of how UNDP has worked for the integration of the historically excluded multicultural and multiethnic Autonomic Regions of the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua in a mono-ethnic and Pacific-oriented State. Local and national levels are intertwined in this search for human development through capacity development. The Nicaraguan Caribbean Coast, formerly known as Mosquitia, was militarily incorporated to Nicaragua in 1894. This has resulted in over 100 years of tensions between the...
  • 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...
  • An integrated approach to country planning was piloted in Sierra Leone to include a Capacity Development approach. This involved mapping country priorities to FAO's Results Based System. Special attention was given to the 'Expert Crisis' found in the ministries primarily due staffing losses due to the war. In Sierra Leone, CD in Agriculture and Rural Development deals with what is called the 'Expert Crisis' as well as basic CD needs in most sectors. The Expert Crisis refers...