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  • What causes a water utility in Uganda to reverse course dramatically, from the brink of extinction to financial viability within less than a year? Experts typically maintain that deep organizational changes require a long-term approach to developing staff and organizational capacity—that capacity growth is unlikely to be compatible with short-term efforts. That is mostly true, but sometimes passionate and committed leadership can turn things around in a remarkably short time and make...
    WBI Capacity Development Briefs 2005
  • In 2006, Indonesian economist Sri Mulyani Indrawati took on a huge and knotty problem: bringing order and efficiency to the Indonesian Ministry of Finance, an organization of 64,000 employees. At the time, many Indonesian citizens viewed the ministry as corrupt and unaccountable, exemplifying the failures of the entire government. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had appointed Mulyani because of her reputation as a tough-minded reformer and a savvy manager. Mulyani ascribed the...
    Princeton Innovations for Successful Societies 2012
  • Esta experiencia es el proceso actual de desarrollo y fortalecimiento de capacidades de los actores locales relacionados con la gestión ambiental en la provincia de Ayabaca, desde el 2008, estamos construyendo participativamente un sistema local para el cuidado, aprovechamiento y uso sostenible del ambiente mediante instrumentos estratégicos concertados. Ayabaca, provincia peruana norandina, posee grandes riquezas naturales y culturales (bosques nativos, amplia biodiversidad, minerales,...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • The Mountain Areas Conservancy Project in Pakistan works with local communities to control hunting and conserve biodiversity. For IUCN in Pakistan, poverty alleviation is no new buzz word, considering its large, long term field project, the Mountain Areas Conservancy Project (MACP) where local communities were engaged in conservation of natural resources with an understanding of its short term economic gain and the long term benefits of sustainable use of natural resources. The MACP in the...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • 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...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • 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...
    South-South Opportunity 2010
  • A 2001 report by Australian Agency for International Development and the New Zealand Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade marked the beginning of efforts by both governments to increase their emphasis on aid harmonization in the Pacific. This was followed by a decision to pilot a cofunded program in Cook Islands which is the subject of this case study. The case is presented through the eyes of Garth Henderson, the senior Cook Islands official responsible for aid management. It describes how...
    ADB Capacity Development in the Pacific 2008
  • When Bitange Ndemo became permanent secretary of Kenya’s Ministry of Information and Communications in 2005, he was well aware of the difficulty Kenyans faced when they tried to get information from the government. He knew that easier access to government data on topics ranging from demographics to education could help spur innovation in business and technology and help drive the country’s economic growth. The Official Secrets Act under former President Daniel arap Moi had long...
    Princeton Innovations for Successful Societies 2012
  • One of the main challenges of capacity development practice in the developing world is that of recognition and acknowledgment that capacity development services are often supply driven and rarely based on genuine user demand. Capacity development services tend to be identified, designed and funded by a wide range of suppliers who for the greater part are based in national urban centres, or outside the country, far removed from users of the services. Because services are supply driven, they have...
    SNV Case story collection 2010
  • How community of small villages handled, with minimum support, the solar electrification workshop and installation process, the post-installation management and the benefit community gained. Benishangul Gumuz people’s national Regional State was established in 1994 according to new constitution of Ethiopia, which created federal system of government. The newly reorganized federal system of governance, ethno-linguistic based, gave profound opportunity to citizen, particularly minority, to...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • 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...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • Project implementation often suffers from poor collaboration between the main actors – the recipient organization, project staff and the donor. A team-based approach to project management, where different stakeholders collectively share responsibility, may heighten the chance for success by creating a forum for ongoing capacity development, collective monitoring and a matching of expectations, in accordance with locally perceived priorities. Such an approach was tried in Laos as part of...
    UNDP Ownership Leadership and Transformation 2003
  • In Ecuador, under the aegis of the Dialogue 21 programme, information and communication tools have created room for a public discourse that has brought together social, political, governmental and economic forces around sustainable human development. Together, a spectrum of people have built consensus in a crisis situation, engendering trust and changing previously confrontational and suspicious mindsets. External agencies played a facilitating role, used flexible and adaptive aid instruments,...
    UNDP Ownership Leadership and Transformation 2003
  • 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:...
    Other collections 2010
  • Two previous cases on rice in Zambia have chronicled the developments from the modus operandi in the command economy structure of the early independence to early 1990s era. This was based mainly on Government driven cooperative system. Liberalization in the early 1990s ushered the era of private sector led initiatives in the sub-sector and the rest of the economy. The early years to the 2000s were characterized by stagnation and in some cases decline. SNV intervention starting in 2007 created...
    SNV Case story collection 2010
  • The distinguishing character of post-conflict states is the pervasive capacity needs that call for innovative solutions that meet short term needs, infusing skilled expertise, and support to the formulation of a long-term strategy while building the soft skills that foster dialogue and consensus-building. Liberia’s civil war resulted in enormous destruction: government buildings, schools, bridges, businesses, ministries, hospitals and homes. Similarly, key capacity building institutions...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • The PRONI-model inspires constructive change in post-conflict societies empowering youth using a process-structure platform that produce immediate solutions to conflict as well as long-term vision for sustainable social change. The model has been implemented in post-conflict Western Balkan from 1997 and up to this day. The Story:The model aims to improve democracy through social reconstruction and conflict transformation interventions that focus on youth work, social education and community...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • 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...
    UNDP Ownership Leadership and Transformation 2003
  • El Gabinete Social de la Presidencia es la instancia coordinadora de las políticas y programas sociales. Operativizar esta tarea requería una estructura mínima y adecuada al desafío. PNUD brindó asistencia técnica para diseñarla y acompañar el proceso de instalación de la misma. El Gabinete Social está constituido institucionalmente por 23 Instituciones estatales, cuyas prioridades corresponden a diversos ejes de la problemática social: salud, vivienda, educación, etc. La situación de...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • El proyecto AméricaLatinaGenera trabaja en la vinculación del enfoque de género con el de gestión de riesgos en América Latina desde 2006 con dos estrategias fundamentales, la gestión del conocimiento y el desarrollo de capacidades. Los riesgos también se construyen socialmente. El incremento del número de desastres asociados a eventos naturales y de sus fatales consecuencias, ha puesto de manifiesto la evidente relación que existe entre desarrollo humano, la vulnerabilidad diferenciada de la...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
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