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  • Human and Environment Development Organization (HEDO) launched a project (UNDP). HEDO approached the work by social mobilization to change the attitudes of the community about the benefits can get from the forest without timber felling. HEDO introduced to the community to get believable benefits from the forest without timber felling. The villages around the forest was there off grid of the electricity area.They had not have opportunity to access any electrical instrument there. By implementing...
  • The story of Calima and Lindy reflects the struggle of their fellow villagers in Dansalan. Once part of the moro rebellion in Southern Philippines, Dansalan survived a tumultuous past. It also tells about how MARADECA, a local maranao organisation changed their lives for the better. Calima and Lindy grew up in the village of Dansalan, which is part of the Municipality of Buadiposo Buntong, Province of Lanao del Sur. The village that they have grown to love is only one of the thousand poorest...
  • Kenya went through trying period after 2007 polls that affected both individuals and organizations working within the community. Staff members whether from the “correct” or “wrong” tribe, went through personal tribulations. Each had their own ways of dealing with the conflict that was encouraged by a process called Appreciative Inquiry. Every five years Kenya goes through a general election. Historically this period poses insecurity and instability. Moreover, the 2007...
  • In 2004, a shift occurred at 11 schools in urban Jamaica; they were introduced to the Balanced Scorecard—a strategic planning tool usually used by corporations. Through participatory planning processes and strategy implementation, they experienced new, breakthrough results. This study focuses on the successes of one dynamic public girls’ school. Through the initiative of a small facilitation firm, Growth Facilitators, in Kingston, Jamaica, 11 public and private schools were...
  • The Organizational Self-Assessment and Transformation Program represents a fundamental departure from top-down, expatriate-driven capacity building. Empowering Iraqi Government officials with the tools and knowledge to improve their skills, pursue excellence, and transform their organizations from within, it has achieved unprecedented success and expanded five-fold since inception. The Iraqi Minister of Oil has seen immense challenges these past years as his Ministry has struggled to reinvent...
  • Daga Shingdra Tshogpa (DST), formed in late 2005 was going through a crisis. The case describes the attempts in making DST a profitable rural based enterprise - the importance of awareness creation and capacity building of local bodies and the need for inclusion of good governance in a farmers’ group. Dagana district grows an abundance of fruits like oranges, passion fruits, guava, and pears. The Ministry of Agriculture, with support from UNDP has set up an Integrated Food Processing...
  • The project “Honor and Respect for Bel Air” aims to promote reduction of armed violence and urban rehabilitation in the neighborhood of Bel Air, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. It is led by the Brazilian NGO Viva Rio with the support of the Brazilian Embassy in Haiti, Canada, Norway and international organizations. The areas of intervention are diverse, including water supply, solid waste management and education. Activities are often associated with peace-keeping purposes, women empowerment...
  • This ADB technical assistance program provided support to PRC and India to implement a program of studies on their development experiences on selected sectors and areas. The main objective of this program is to provide an opportunity for the policy makers in both countries to learn from each other’s experience in meeting their common development challenges. The underlying theme of this exchange of development experiences is to obtain an Indian perspective on PRC development experience...
  • Education is a priority sector for the Zambian government. In support of the delivery of accessible quality education, SNV Zambia is engaged with Ministry of Education through a Memorandum of Understanding that addresses selected targets as stipulated in the National Implementation Framework 2008-2010 based on the Education and Skills Development Chapter of the Fifth National Development Plan. In this agreement SNV provides technical assistance towards decentralization processes, strengthening...
  • The People First Network, or PFnet, is an initiative providing email access through innovative, low-cost technology. Remote locations across the Solomon Islands connect to the Internet using a simple computer, short-wave radio and solar power. The network helps communities keep in touch, participate in governance, find educational opportunities and generate new sources of income. This case illustrates how IT innovations can build on available local resources, making technology work for less...
  • By redirecting development assistance to local levels, capacity development can continue even amidst prolonged warfare and the collapse of a government. This was the case in Afghanistan in the 1990s, when external support could not be provided in the traditional manner through an established central authority. So UNDP began working with communities and supporting civil society organizations providing critical services. Staying engaged instead of disassociating from a...
  • When Daviz Simango took office in 2003 as the mayor of Beira, Mozambique’s second most prominent city, the odds were stacked against him. A member of the Resistência Nacional Moçambicana (RENAMO, or the Mozambique Resistance Movement), Simango was one of just five opposition mayors in the country.  Mozambique’s long and bitter civil war between RENAMO, a guerrilla movement at the time, and the ruling party, the Frente de Libertação de Moçambique (FRELIMO, or the Liberation...
  • Four years ago, the county authorities of Kapoeta North did not have an office building, let alone a water and sanitation department. The local authority from the remote region of South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria state was literally operating from under a tree. At the time of its establishment, the county was one of the regions with the highest cases of the painful guinea worm parasite in the world. In addition, diseases such worms, scabies, eye infections and diarrhoea were still...
  • Forests and forest land cover 54% of the country‟s surface and are a very important natural resource in Montenegro. The average growing stock on the forest and forest land amounts to 100 m3 per hectare. One third of the forests and forest land is privately owned and predominantly scattered in small holdings. Private owned forests are in poorer condition than those that are state owned. In spite of this, forests play an important role in mitigation of rural poverty, as well as the rural and...
  • In order for regulatory business environment reform to be effective and improve the situation of female entrepreneurs, it does not only need sound policy but requires institutions that are capable of carrying out reforms and a social system willing to accept change. In end-2009, I led a cooperative research between UNIDO, ILO, the Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and the Vietnamese government that looked at the impact and relevance of reforms of the regulatory business...
  • An important direction in development is raising a generation equipped with skills enabling it to prosper in the changing world. Peer education is the pedagogical tool, which unleashes hidden human potential and contributes to the overall growth of the personality. The story tells about success of implementing of this methodology. The central problem of the emerging democracies lies in raising a new type of a personality, able to make informed choices, knowing principles of the effective...
  • This case story elaborates on the achievements made in areas of improving sanitation and hygiene in Ethiopia through a capacity development initiative. This involved promotion of a community-led sanitation approach to influence behaviour of rural communities to stop open defecation and adopt safe sanitation and hygiene practices. Ethiopia is one of the Sub-Saran African countries with low access to sanitation and hygiene. According to the country sanitation report (2008), only half of its...
  • The Farmer Field School (FFS) approach is rapidly gaining popularity in Africa following the successful experiences in a number of countries. The approach provides an innovative and cutting-edge mean for development of local solutions to complex livelihood problems and to stimulate community empowerment. The Farmer Field School (FFS) approach was originally pioneered in Indonesia in the late 1980s and developed by FAO in partnership with national governments for introducing integrated pest...
  • Se trata de una capacitación vivencial llamada la Ruta de Aprendizaje a través de la cual mujeres representantes de concejos y alcaldías visitaron municipios centroamericanos destacados por su papel en la reducción de las desigualdades de género. Al final de la Ruta las participantes presentaron propuestas para aplicar lo aprendido durante la capacitación en sus países y sus municipios. Participaron mujeres de Centro y Sur América.
  • El Instituto de la Defensa Pública Penal institucionalizada, autónoma y funcionalmente independiente es la institución encargada de velar por el acceso a la justicia y el debido proceso, siendo la institución más pequeña del sistema justicia, juega un papel preponderante en la búsqueda de la justicia democrática. En el desarrollo de sus actividades, debe contar con asesoría especializada en las áreas forenses para guardar el equilibrio procesal y la igualdad de armas en el proceso. Su actividad...