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  • In 2008, the challenges of managing a growing economy and translating gains into higher standards of living put many issues on the agenda of Rwanda’s cabinet. The top-level policymaking process had to keep pace. Weekly meetings of Cabinet ministers were loosely organized that too often wasted the valuable time of the government’s top decision makers. Aware of the need to streamline operations at the center of government, President Paul Kagame created a Ministry in Charge of Cabinet...
  • In 1993, Emile Short, a private practice lawyer, took on the challenging job of leading Ghana’s new Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice. Created by the 1992 constitution, the commission had a triple mandate: ombudsman, anti-corruption agency and human rights monitor. Short had to construct the organization from scratch and make it relevant in a political landscape dominated by the presidency. He had to execute a constitutionally broad mandate and develop a...
  • The Royal Government of Bhutan (RGoB), has made an incremental, yet notable, shift towards decentralized, participatory, and democratic governance over roughly the past 10-15 years; and it has adapted its institutional capacities accordingly. Since the 1980s, the central national government has successfully devolved authority, assigned roles and responsibilities to a number of ministries and agencies, among them the Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC, the national planning ministry); the...
  • This project began in April 2007 as a training initiative in which agricultural growers would learn about beekeeping. The project means to diversify production and broaden economic horizons; beekeeping has already turned out to be a fruitful business. Francisco Sánchez is a native grower of Chilamatillo community, located in Tipitapa, Managua city. He says he has been farming the land as long as he can remember. Today, nine of his children help him in farming. This 52 year-old man begins to...
  • In 2003, the bloodless Rose Revolution ushered in an era of unprecedented reform in the Republic of Georgia.  Widespread dissatisfaction with the undemocratic and corrupt post-Soviet regime culminated in the 2004 election of Mikheil Saakashvili as president.  Riding a wave of popular support and eager to act before the political winds shifted, Saakashvili immediately targeted the corrupt police service, seen by many Georgians as the epitome of state dysfunction.  By the end of...
  • The Vanuatu Legal Sector Strengthening Program (VLSSP) was launched in 2002 at a time when “the public was calling for a revamp of the whole judiciary.” This case study describes how VLSSP, which was funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), contributed to Vanuatu’s legal sector capacity through professional development of staff, relationship building, administrative reforms, review of laws, and infrastructure improvements. It highlights a number...
  • A new approach is being tested to transform 40 Farmer Training Centres (FTCs) in rural Ethiopia into Village Knowledge Centres. This story explains how this was implemented in a participatory manner, and highlights it-s effect on the lives of thousands of farmers and their families. The Government of Ethiopia has established about 15,000 farmer training centres (FTCs) to help develop the capacity of farmers and pastoralists. These centres, which are at different developmental stage, are...
  • Save the children USA through local NGO partners has implemented to empower women to enable them take new leadership. This case describes the success of the courageous, HIV positive women and how women are capable to take new roles of leadership. The greater and meaningful involvement of HIV-positive people has recently been adopted and promoted in Ethiopia. Though women are disproportionately infected and affected by HIV and the majority of members of PLHIV organizations are female, men are...
  • In the wake of Georgia’s “Rose Revolution,” Jaba Ebanoidze took charge of the inefficient Public Registry. Housed within the Ministry of Justice, the registry held information about land, property rights and titling. Work procedures within the registry were overly bureaucratic and facilitated corruption by requiring multiple stages for application processes. The reform of the agency was part of the government’s wider economic program, which sought to open the country to...
  • 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...
  • Gender-based violence (GBV) means physical, sexual, emotional or psychological violence carried out against a person because of that person’s gender. Spousal violence is usually gender-based and is carried out by a spouse. While GBV is generally by a male on a female, it may also be female on male. A study by UNAIDS in 2011 highlighted that at least 60% of women in Africa have experienced physical and sexual violence from their most recent spouse or live-in partner. GBV has a number of...
  • The national budget of the Government of Rwanda (GoR) is highly dependent on external funding or aid, from donors and other sources. In 2007 the net Official Development Assistance (ODA)1 was USD 713 million. Following the aftermath of the 1994 civil war and genocide, the government looked towards its multilateral partners for support in developing a system to more effectively manage and coordinate aid. The UN were perceived as an appropriate trusted, neutral partner for (i) the provision of...
  • Light for all campaign by promoting cheaper Solar Tukis has reached nearly 15,000 remote households in Nepal. The campaign has also enhanced national capacity to disseminate Solar Tukis to wider scale and formulate subsidy policy, which aimed to benefit additional 310,000 households during country's transitional period. The cost of Maoist insurgency in Nepal is very high. Many of the development initiatives could not be carried out due to conflict and low security situation. During the...
  • The results are already apparent, as teachers and students are engaging in a wide range of educational activities that integrate technology, curriculum-based collaborative projects. they collaborating to share their experiences and enhance their technical and pedagogical skills, which have empowered them to use creativity in their daily lessons. The Ministry of Education (MoE) has realized the importance of focusing on the human capital development factors in line with the future knowledge-...
  • Between 1999 and 2001, the powerful Directorate of Public Service Management in Botswana decentralized personnel authority to line ministries.  This process was critical in enabling ministries to be more efficient while also allowing the directorate to focus on more substantive issues concerning the public service.  The Botswana case demonstrates three components that contributed to the successful devolving of responsibility from a central public service ministry:  1) the...
  • UNICEF and SNV joined forces to implement capacity building activities in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in four districts of Burera and Musanze in Northern Province and Nyabihu and Rubavu in Western Province. A plan of action aimed at empowering local organisations involved in Water Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) service was formulated. This involved training of district officials, PHAST committees, water committees in technical elements such as behaviour change. The districts in collaboration...
  • This case study aims to describe the transformation of COCAMU from being a donor driven association to a business oriented cooperative operating on the market and making profit. COCAMU is a coffee growers cooperative located in the district of Kirehe in the eastern province of Rwanda and intervenes in three administrative sectors; Musaza , Kigarama and Gatore. COCAMU’s mission is to contribute to a positive change in the livelihoods of its members through the improvement of the quality...
  • Emerging from the ethnic tensions that tore the Solomon Islands apart from 1998 to 2003, the country’s Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID) faced a number of serious challenges. Given the vast needs in the country it was also called upon to take a leading role in post-conflict reconstruction and providing some of the foundations for economic renewal. This case study examines how capacity issues were addressed within MID in the post-conflict period and how the sense of crisis which...
  • In the 1990s, the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) turned its fisheries from a relatively stagnant industry to one which is more open, lucrative and private sector driven, with the support of a series of strategic capacity development interventions sponsored by the ADB. The turnaround in RMI’s fisheries sector, which is described in this case as “one of the more positive episodes in the economic history of the Marshall Islands”, was attributed, at least in part, to the...
  • This case study looks at the experience of the Environmental Action (ENACT) programme, a collaboration between the government of Jamaica and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). ENACT's mandate was to work with Jamaican organisations in the public, private and non-profit sectors to improve their capabilities to identify and solve national environmental problems. The design of the ENACT programme began in 1990 but activities in the field only got under way with the...