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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • Governance reforms through decentralisation and deconcentration is central to poverty reduction and development in Cambodia. The National Committee for Sub-National Democratic Development is establishing a process oriented capacity development system for organisational development to strengthen local self-governance. The process aims at institutional capacity development through participatory performance assessment. Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in South-East Asia. More than a third...
    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
  • 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...
    ECDPM Discussion Papers 2005
  • As nearly 112 million households have no access to formal credit, financial inclusion (FI) remains a key policy concern in India. There are a multitude of challanges for including remote and poor populations most prevalent of which are; limited human resources and high transaction costs. The Punjab National Bank’s ICT for Financial Inclusion programme aims to undercut these challenges and make banking services reach the poorest most excluded populations in India. The bank also wanted to...
    Other collections 2011
  • 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
  • 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
  • High-quality leadership development should be affordable and accessible to all people around the globe. Through our Leadership Beyond Boundaries (LBB) initiatives in Africa, the Center for Creative Leadership is putting leadership tools and models into the hands and hearts of grassroots leaders and local governments in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia. The Story:The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) works with some 20,000 people – primarily corporate leaders from large organizations - each year...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The case story describes UNDP Myanmar’s experience of working with more than 5000 self reliance groups and how the investments in capacity development complemented by livelihood support have influenced the lives of more than 50,000 women. The concept of Self Reliance Group (SRG) was introduced in 1998 based on the Indian NGO Myrada model of Self Help Groups. Currently there are more than 5,000 SRGs in Myanmar facilitated by UNDP through its projects. The objective of working through the...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • An NGO helped 13 sex workers to build a robust organisation of over 7000 women, using a variety of innovative methods of capacity development including shadow leadership, OD interventions and other management systems, which led to reduction in HIV prevalence from 20 to 5 percent in six years. Swathi Mahila Sangha (SMS), a sex work collective was established in 2003 with the purpose of creating an organisation that would be able to address issues of sex workers. Initially SMS, with a membership...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • The project was designed to explore the current and future volume and composition of trade between India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA), while factoring the perceptions of stakeholders on trade and economic co-operation. Aid effectiveness has emerged as an immensely important focus of developmental discourse, especially in Africa, and implementation of the Paris Declaration and Accra Agenda for Action has become a key objective of development policy in Africa. Within this context, the role of...
    South-South Opportunity 2010
  • Human resource development and capacity building projects/activities provided to member countries in other seven areas of cooperation: trade and investment facilitation, agricultural cooperation, industrial and energy cooperation, transport linkages, tourism cooperation, public Health, and environment. To bridge development gaps between Thailand and Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, based on each country’s comparative advantages with the recognition of the needs of partnership building...
    South-South Opportunity 2010
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