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  • Desde el Programa de Trabajo Social sede Bogotá de la Uniminuto acompañamos un proceso de fortalecimiento de las herramientas comunicativas, sociales y del desarrollo humano con los líderes de los diferentes grupos sociales que fueron víctimas de la violencia en el departamento del Meta. Las diferentes problemáticas sociales, con las que convive la población en Colombia no son ajenas al departamento del Meta. En él, no solo manifestaron su opinión de diversas formas de organizaciones sociales,...
  • JICA-ASEAN Regional Cooperation Meeting (JARCOM) was a unique triangular cooperation framework in South-East Asia. Originally designed as a mechanism to formulate good quality SSC projects, it gradually evolved into a forum to discuss common development challenges in the region. While the northern donor stepped back as a facilitator, it’s all-stakeholder-participatory and transparent process enhanced the ownership of both recipients and providers. Peer pressures among ASEAN members...
  • As the largest conditional cash transfer in the world and one of the first in its kind, the BFP is unique in its institutional arrangements - especially those that favor coordination among sectors and cooperation between States - as well as its scale of operations. It is also a successful experience from a political and social perspective. This has attracted attention both in Brazil and abroad, and moved several countries in the first stages of implementation of a CCT to ask for advice from the...
  • Thousands of square kilometers of dry scrubland; poor, sandy soils, with erratic rainfall and little irrigation, is Matabeleland North and Matabeleland South provinces in Western Zimbabwe. Here you can hardly grow crop but only make a living out of rearing livestock such as cattle and goats. This region has over 2 million cattle and 1.8 million goats. These animals are mostly used for milk, draft power and occasionally selling to traders who supply markets in the towns. Goats are however not...
  • The University of the South Pacific (USP), a regional university, has changed its delivery systems for teaching and learning over the years to serve the growing needs for tertiary education of students living on the thousands of small and remote islands in the Pacific Ocean. This case study examines how the university has relied on its communications technology system (USPNet) to enhance its role as a regional capacity development centre for students, public and private institutions, and civil...
  • Just like the rest of the world, Rwanda continues to face challenges in environmental preservation, energy production and increasing cost of fuel. Actually Households in rural Rwanda depend for more than 90 % on fuel wood to meet their domestic energy needs. To tackle this problem investment has been made in biogas. With the help of the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV), the ministry has set up a National Domestic Biogas Programme (NDBP) with clear objectives of developing a...
  • This paper examines the World Bank Institute’s (WBI’s) first multiyear capacity enhancement program in the field of parliamentary strengthening. Seven lessons have emerged: (a) strong domestic political support is necessary, (b) parliamentary strengthening activities should complement broader governance reform efforts, (c) training activities should be integrated into broader parliamentary capacity-building initiatives, (d) training activities need to reflect the evolving...
  • In 1989, the Africa Training and Management Services Project was established to build management capacity in Africa’s private sector. A relatively complicated architecture was put together, resulting in a limited liability company to implement the project, and a foundation to mobilize and dispense funds. With support from multilateral development institutions, bilateral donors and the private sector, the initiative has now seconded experienced managers and set up management development...
  • During India’s 2009 election, there were not enough uniformed personnel to guard every one of the country’s 828,000 polling places or to keep the peace during the campaign period. The Election Commission of India introduced “vulnerability mapping” to help election officials decide where to deploy the police and paramilitary personnel ahead of polling day. The state of West Bengal piloted the new tactic. Intense political competition and a Maoist insurgency...
  • The decade long recession experienced in Zimbabwe since the start of the unplanned land reform programme led to economic decline that decimated the manufacturing sector. This resulted in the disappearance of inputs in the shops, especially in remote rural areas. Since 2007, development partners in Zimbabwe agreed that access to affordable inputs was crucial to the revival of agriculture in Zimbabwe, ravaged by years of economic decline. A farmer with adequate inputs achieves a minimum 1.3 ton/...
  • This case demostrates how working with the tourism sector can contribute substantially to the development objectives of a nation. Montenegro, a small, new nation in the Balkans, has an already substantial and rapidly growing tourism sector, with a majority of the development focused on the 290km coastline. The government's objective, outlined in the national tourism strategy, is to diversify the country‟s tourism product in the inland. Mountainous regions should attract tourists from the...
  • Swasti participated in development and is implementing the Gap Inc. PACE program in India. PACE is a capacity building initiative to empower women garment workers and help them realise their potential in professional and personal spheres, leading to enhanced quality of women’s lives, workplace effectiveness and business growth. The garment sector is a major employer of women from relatively poor socio- economic and education profiles. A large number are first generation formal workers....
  • In a post-humanitarian disaster situation timely and accurate information, in forms that can be used for decision making by various stakeholders, builds capacities to mount an efficient, appropriate and equitable response. The information exchange and communication strategy following the 2004 tsunami provides countries a model in disaster response. The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami brought devastation to costal communities in Southern Indian states. Nagapattinam, in Tamil Nadu state was the worst...
  • The SDI is a project made up of a cluster of projects designed to develop small communities through infrastructural development. The main project under the SDI is the Maputo Development Corridor which involves the Maputo Corridor Toll road, the railway from Ressano Garcia to Maputo and the Maputo Port and Harbor. Other secondary projects are in the fields of agriculture, mining and tourism. The development from the SDI’s would mean future cooperation amongst the southern African countries...
  • The South-South Experience Exchange Trust Fund (SEETF) is a flexible funding mechanism to facilitate just-in-time knowledge and experience exchanges among development practitioners. The Facility is designed to respond to specific demands from low-income countries that want to learn from their counterparts in other developing countries.
  • Sierra Leone like Uganda, Rwanda and Mozambique offers an interesting case study on post-war reconstruction and capacity building in Africa. This small West African country became embroiled in a violent armed conflict in March 1991 when a small group of fighters of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) aided by Charles Taylor’s National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) attacked Bomaru, a small village in eastern Sierra Leone. The war and the subsequent state collapse that followed could...
  • Sustain and nurture creativity, promote artists, encourage new talents and innovative aesthetics, strengthen and network cultural organizations: these are the watchwords of the Afrique en Création programme, launched by the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs through the French Association for Artistic Action (AFAA). The programme supports the professional training of Africa’s artistic talents in the stage and visual arts, and in so doing helps build upon the continent’s rich...
  • In 2008, Ghana held a peaceful run-off in a hotly contested presidential race, breaking the pattern of violence that had afflicted elections in Nigeria, Kenya, Zimbabwe and several other African countries during the same period.  Since the advent of multi-party democracy in 1992, Ghana had held three consecutive elections that observers regarded as relatively free and fair.  However, the 2008 presidential race generated concern.  Previous elections had revealed substantial ethnic...
  • The education system in South Sudan, a country emerging out of a protracted civil war, faces multiple challenges; a fragile security environment, budgetary constraints, policy deficiencies, crippling staff shortages, and weak coordination within the decentralized education delivery system. These systemic challenges have often militated against all efforts by the new government, created after the CPA, to set up a functional education system in the country. In Eastern Equatoria state, one of 10...
  • Kuralai Baimenova and other disabled people united and organized NGO the “Society of Protection of Paralyzed People of Aktobe city, Kazakhstan” to help themselves. In the last ten years their organization has become a support center for more than 1200 disabled people and their families. The Society of Protection of Paralyzed People of Aktobe city, Kazakhstan is a non-governmental organization that was registered ten years ago in Aktobe, the center of the north-western part of...