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  • 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...
  • Le cas articule une approche programmatique et méthodologique encapsulant à la lois le développement des capacités des parties prenantes et l’influence de la prise de décision nationale. La conjugaison des opportunités et des mécanismes programmatiques a permis – au niveau sub-national – d’identifier et reconnaître les droits des communautés locales aux forêts et – au niveau national - d’amener la prise de décision à les consolider et à les institutionnaliser...
  • Towards the end of 2008, SNV Uganda signed a partnership agreement with Mukwano group of companies to implement an all inclusive business model for enhanced growth, equity and competitiveness within the oilseed value chain. Initially, the company used to import seed for only farmers it had contracted to work with, but currently imports sunflower planting seeds for all the farmers interested in growing sunflower country wide. In the period up to last year, Mukwano supported an oilseed out grower...
  • The Hub is a global network of spaces and communities that give social innovators access to the facilities, knowledge and connections they need to grow their initiatives. Hubs create fluid, inclusive, stimulating environments of collaboration and support in order to convene, connect, facilitate and strengthen diverse social and entrepreneurial initiatives. The Hub began when a group of architects, designers and social innovators from the UK worked alongside a community in Soweto - using...
  • IRRI-PETRRA project developed a model research-education linkage was developed amongst farmers, NGOs, universities and national-international agricultural research institutes that ensured pro-poor impact on the livelihoods of the poor farmers. Farmers' demand was used to conduct graduate research (MS & PhD) by university teachers and NGO practitioners jointly. PETRRA, an IRRI managed and DFID funded, agricultural research and PETRRA project was implemented in Bangladesh for five years...
  • The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) is a relatively new nation, with half of its population under the age of 18 years. Responding to the Youth Crisis tells the story of how the RMI government, with assistance from ADB, set out to strengthen domestic capacity to improve services for youth in the Marshalls. The case highlights the importance of participatory processes and describes how an innovative approach to outsourcing youth welfare services to civil service providers was introduced....
  • Haiti has been ranked among the most corrupt nations for the past several years in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index.1 This fragile low-income country has a long history of political instability, poverty, and inequality. In 2005 the interim government of President Boniface Alexandre asked for the World Bank Institute’s support in Haiti’s efforts to address institutional vulnerabilities and improve governance. The government created a semi-autonomous...
  • 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...
  • 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:...
  • For nearly two decades now UNDP has been supporting developing countries’ capacities to better understand and monitor aid flows channelled to them. Upon demand from governments and donors, UNDP has assisted national authorities, especially in the Africa region, in setting up the first generation of Aid Information Management Systems (AIMS), namely the Development Cooperation Analysis System (DCAS), which was used to track aid flows and produce annual or bi-annual national development...
  • Trafficking in human beings aiming at sexual exploitation the most severe crime. Moldovan girls are trafficked to different destination but the most dangerous is United Arab Emirates, as a new country of destination. Girls support exploitation for a long time by traffickers. Trafficking with human beings aiming at sexual exploitation is one of most severe consequence of the circumstances created lately in the Republic of Moldova, a flagrant breach of the human rights and an offence of the...
  • In Niger, where only a fifth of the population is literate and poverty is rife, radio has taken on an extraordinarily important role in the lives of its citizens. Radio programs are not only the means through which people entertain themselves and get the daily news, they are also playing a proxy role for the health clinics, schools, social support networks, and continuing education needed for economic progress. Women debate their role in society; citizens call in to complain about poor local...
  • Following the floods and cyclones of 2000 and 2001 in Mozambique, the government set in motion a post-flood reconstruction programme, quickly revealing its leadership as well as its ability to rally the international community and perform a number of functions efficiently and transparently. Strong government commitment to programme goals provided the incentive for donors to pledge significant resources and agree to work largely through the national system, including the government’s...
  • The aim of the Living Labs initiative is to create and enhance an innovation-driven development process in rural communities, as a major driving force for sustainable development, strengthen the innovation policy, and strategic alliances for improving the livelihoods and quality of life of rural communities in the world. The pilot consist of innovation environments in real-life settings, in which community-driven innovation is fully integrated within the co-creation process of new services,...
  • Professional Communities (PCs) represent an innovative, locally-driven development approach supporting capacity development among Jordanian management professionals. The PC approach is highly sustainable and has the potential to transform the very nature and impact of donor support for capacity development. Jordan has the fundamental underpinnings of a market economy in place. While far from perfect, policies and institutions support a free market economy and quasi-democratic political system....
  • Local governing bodies in India are hamstrung by a paucity of independent sources of funds which prevent them from fulfilling actual needs of the community. The case describes a Panchayat in India which developed innovative ways to gather funds by instituting taxation. Decentralization is a vital means to achieve greater impact in combating poverty as decentralized Governments are likely to be closer and responsive to the needs of the poor. There is a need for the basic rural unit, the...
  • Nanotechnology has enabled the synthesis of  molecular and atomic clusters that work like small machines -- a new generation of intelligent materials that are maintenance-free, efficient, reliable, contain no moving parts, do not create heat when operating, and are unaffected by weather.  This technology can be used to harness the energy of ocean waves and generate electricity. The proposed system would appear as a compound floating fabric of millions of tiny piezoelectric crystals...
  • NCP development is an example of how local strategies can be strengthened from national structures without imposing concepts. Provincial strategies based on local concepts including socio cultural factors against homophobia and discrimination of people living with AIDS (PLWA) were reinforced systematically and continuously by NCP during a 12-year period. Since the onset of the HIV/aids epidemic in Cuba, the government gave strong emphasis to the research and control of the illness. A careful...
  • One of Malaysia’s strengths is its ethnically diverse society, consisting of the majority Malays and indigenous groups (Bumiputera), as well as Chinese, Indians and others. Capacity development interventions have arisen from the need to advance Malaysia’s standing as a new state, but also to address ethnic imbalances inherited from colonial rule. Two priorities have been clear. The first involved increasing wealth among the Bumiputera so they could be entrepreneurs in their own...
  • This is the story of developing capacities of small water service providers servicing poor urban and peri urban areas in the Philippines in order to improve their water service delivery role and help government meet its MDG targets. A few years back, the role of small water service providers (SWSPs) were not formally recognized, despite the fact that they deliver water to more than 40% of the total population in the Philippines, especially in poor urban, peri urban and rural areas. SWSPs can be...