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  • 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 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....
  • SNV partnering with local actors within the livestock sector has facilitated the establishment of commercial partnerships between pastoralist communities and County councils. These partnerships have reduced inefficiencies along the value chain leading to the reconfiguration of the profits margins in favour of the Pastoralist producer groups. In Kenya, the livestock sub-sector accounts for approximately 10% of National GDP and 30% of agricultural GDP. It employs about 90% of the ASAL workforce....
  • The participation principle in MERET-PLUS is based on active participation of communities practiced at several levels of the communities. Active involvement of the community has enabled the community to take decisions, to organize and manage their work while sorting out differences between the various types of activities. Since 1980, the World Food Programme (WFP) has supported rural land rehabilitation in Ethiopia through the MERET Project, formerly known as ETH/2488, addressing the root...
  • This case study shares the success of PEPY’s Child to Child Program, an initiative aimed at empowering children and young people to be change-makers in their own communities by identifying, learning about, and taking action on local problems affecting their daily lives. Capacity is development. At PEPY, we’ve seen this truth in both our successes and our failures. After PRA’s in our target areas in 2007, we learned that the education programs we had been doing for the past two...
  • Despite the overall complex and unsettled legal, policy and administrative local strategic planning set up in BiH, a noteworthy step towards a more systematic and advanced local development planning has been accomplished through the creation of a knowledge tool, enabling tailored municipal development planning capacity assessment. The ILDP is a joint project of UNDP BiH and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation implemented with the BiH Ministry for Human Rights and Refugees, entity...
  • Relations between Tanzania and the donor community deteriorated during the early 1990s. A high-level group of experts, appointed to investigate the problems, proposed ways to put the relationship back on track. Seven years later, a radical change of rules has brought the two sides back together. An independent monitoring mechanism now helps to hold the partners to account, recommending regular improvements based on impartial and transparent assessments. The group’s findings are widely...
  • Experiences from Mongolia and Morocco demonstrate the importance of backing breakthrough institutions in microfinance that can become industry leaders and engage in healthy competition in the market, while maintaining a focus on the overarching goal: reaching out to poor clients. Past lessons indicate that while funders can invest and structure their assistance wisely, they do not create successful microfinance; managers with the vision to establish sustainable institutions do. Moreover,...
  • Machulishchi is a small town near Minsk with population of some 8 thousands people. Lack of opportunities to be engaged in some activities led to increased law offences, and different kinds of addiction among teenagers. Capacity building of local activists helped to unify community in addressing this problem. "Podsnezhnik" (Snowflower), local Charitable Public Association committed to prevent drug-addiction and HIV/AIDS among youth, decided to gain community support for its objective...
  • The majority of communities in the Peruvian Amazon do not have access to electricity, and their isolation complicates their connection to the energy grid. This hampers the development of these communities. At the same time, the Amazon has been identified by the Peruvian government as a strategic zone for the production of energy crops such as palm oil and Jatropha, the latter a native species for the area that is being promoted as a commercial crop for the production of biodiesel. The Peruvian...
  • 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...
  • Following the analysis of the components in the value chain as well as production, harvesting, bulk, travel, processing, marketing and consumption, three key areas in the banana value chain needed to be solved: improvement of the quality of the produce, access to markets and access to financing. In the case of the banana producers of Manhiça, SNV is facilitating to solve these issues to 500 Manhiça small farmers, located 75 kilometres North of Maputo City, in the South of Mozambique. Improving...
  • 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...
  • This case study describes the innovative mainstream approach used by SNV Mozambique to link the tourism sector closer to the local economy and basic service provision. It also examines how the tourism growth can be made more pro-poor and subsequently involves and increase the income and well-being of local people. SNV works with a large cluster of diversified actors representing the private and public sectors, associations, local NGOs and informal groups. Building confidence between the groups...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The political crisis and violence that followed the December 2007 General election threatened the existence of Kenya as a nation state. The case describes the transition journey from crisis to coalition government, where President and PM have reconciled the need to realize quick wins and leading by example. Riots erupted in Kenya after 2007 presidential election when the Electoral Commission declared H.E. President Kibaki the winner on December 30, placing him ahead of Odinga. More than 1,200...
  • Capacity development is viewed by PEN not as a component to support or supplement other sector specific intervention. Our approach requires continuous investment in local people, groups, and institutions. PEN has been working with community groups and institutions in Machakos since 2004. PEN’s experience in working with communities has shown that communities have the potential to initiate, manage and sustain their own sustainable development, and only need an interactive and targeted...