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  • CDI transforms lives and strengthens low-income communities by empowering people with information and communication technology and a unique social educative model that fosters community organization. Our 800+ schools in eight countries (1.25+ million graduates), use technology as a medium to fight poverty, stimulate entrepreneurship; creating a generation of changemakers. CDI works throughout Latin America and now the MENA region to end the digital apartheid that exists in underdeveloped...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • This initiative aims to contribute to protecting the social security rights of migrant workers of the MERCOSUR countries, through the creation of a Single Data Base for Social Security Institutions (SDSI) in the MERCOSUR region. The purpose is to integrate the social security systems of the MERCOSUR countries by through developing and implementing a Data Transfer and Validation System (DTVS) to process retiree benefits under MERCOSUR’s Multilateral Social Security Agreement. The...
    South-South Opportunity 2010
  • The story showcases a systems thinking based capacity development initiative in road construction that successfully worked across different types of levels, a) different scales of human organisation: individual - team - organization – network – society, and b) geographic or administrative units: communities (micro) – districts (meso) – nation state (macro). It illustrates the importance of understanding the ‘multi-level’ nature of capacity for achieving local...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair
  • 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
  • Between 2008-2009, UNDP supported KIA to run a series of one week courses in Peace Building and Conflict Management. The objective was to train administrative officers and to prepare them to subsequently train staff and community members. The resounding result was that 737 officers were trained in 27 sessions. The Story of the Peace Building and Conflict Management Course at the Kenya Institute of Administration (KIA) can be traced back to 2007, when a Kenyan delegation comprising of senior...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • 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...
    UNDP Ownership Leadership and Transformation 2003
  • 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 the aftermath of a brutal war, a Cambodian government programme for decentralizing governance is resurrecting local capacities to manage development funds, while respecting the rule of law, human rights, environmental concerns and so on. Called Seila, the programme has also created a system for funnelling resources from central to local government bodies. The Seila experience features many potential lessons for countries emerging from conflict, proving that if donors and reconstruction...
    UNDP Ownership Leadership and Transformation 2003
  • Through a seven-year capacity development support directed to the municipality as an organization, and to the Mayor (the leader of the organization), SNV Benin has significantly contributed to transform this little municipality of 100,000 inhabitants into a place where populations can now hope for a better future. The Story:If the municipality of Klouekanme is often cited as one of the most promising municipalities in Benin despite its poverty, it is certainly (at least partly) because of the...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • For years, Nauru, a small Pacific island nation (population 10,000), benefited from the considerable wealth generated from its only major natural resource, phosphate. However, when that resource was almost exhausted and national assets held under the Nauru Phosphate Royalties Trust (NPRT) had been reduced to relatively minor holdings, the Government of Nauru sought and received assistance from Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) to prepare a...
    ADB Capacity Development in the Pacific 2008
  • The South-East Europe Education Cooperation Network (SEE-ECN) is a broadbased, low-cost regional project. It supports the exchange of information, ideas, and know-how for the reform and improvement of education in 11 countries. The network began with a sense of urgency over the need to enhance education standards, and took off through strategic kick-starting from external finance. As a virtual meeting place, it has brought people together and mobilized capacities across the region, stimulating...
    UNDP Ownership Leadership and Transformation 2003
  • A world heritage site is a global public good. Its conservation, accessibility and the blending of these with local realities can test planning, execution, institutional coordination and commitment. Complex and multiple capacities are called for. In Cambodia, Angkor Wat is especially challenging not only because it is the world’s largest temple complex, but also because the site is in a country that has recently emerged from war and has 22,000 inhabitants. While an international umbrella...
    UNDP Ownership Leadership and Transformation 2003
  • The regional government improved its internal working and incorporated the UN and other humanitarian community in its own meeting regime for Early Recovery coordination. The system set up three years ago is still functioning; long after the exit of UN coordination staff. It took UNDP over six months of lobbying. After the with drawl of UNOCHA on conclusion of relief phase in mid 2006, the responsibility of coordination fell on the government, with UNDP providing necessary assistance. The ad hoc...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 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
  • NAM CSSTC--in cooperation with the GoI, and JICA/GoJ—has implemented a training programme on microfinance for African region since 2004.The Batch I (2004-2006) focused on the operational aspects of microfinance, whilst the Batch II (2007-2011) emphasized the establishment and management of microfinance institution (MFI). The idea is also based on positive feedbacks expressed by the alumni of the past TCTPs.
    South-South Opportunity 2010
  • The daily reality of overwhelmed health and social services in many developing countries confronts staff in these fields with seemingly insoluble problems. While many contribute considerable knowledge and skills, they often lack the encouragement to act self-reliantly and effectively to address the issues that arise. Action research offers a way out of this dilemma, because it elicits existing knowledge and then devises appropriate responses to challenges, in tandem with all concerned. Since...
    UNDP Ownership Leadership and Transformation 2003
  • UNDP supported 9 States and 36 Local Government Areas to conduct a Capacity Assessment and is in the process of supporting the Capacity Development response in these States and Local Government Areas, as a part of strengthening capacity for the Governance of HIV and AIDS. Due to the high rate of staff turnover at the state and Local Government level along with the shifting democratic processes, there is a stunted capacity of programme managers and implementers of the different programme areas....
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • 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...
    South-South Opportunity 2010
  • 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
  • The study sought to examine capacity-building experiences from four post-conflict African countries: Uganda, Rwanda, Mozambique and Sierra Leone. Liberia was dropped because of logistical problems. The main objective of the study was to draw conclusions and present recommendations that would provide a guide to policies, strategies and instruments for post-conflict capacity-building initiatives by the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF). In addition, the study aimed at contributing to an...
    Other collections 2003
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