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  • This case story is a reflection on the cooperative efforts of the national parliaments of the Great Lakes Region and Horn of Africa in the reduction of small arms. Few other regions in the world have been hit so hard by so many wars and domestic conflicts as the countries in the Great Lakes Region and the Horn of Africa over the past fifteen years. Traders and brokers of small arms cool-headedly spotted the opportunities in these regions. Local demand was huge as many militia and rebel groups...
    South-South Opportunity 2010
  • This Capacity Development Brief summarizes the results of a multidonor team review of four examples of post-crisis capacity development interventions in the Solomon Islands in 2005–08 whose performance was frequently cited as successful by local stakeholders. Although not based on post-project evaluations, the review found a number of patterns and potential lessons: (1) responding to immediate needs fosters national ownership, (2) “quick wins” can lay the basis for wider...
    WBI Capacity Development Briefs 2009
  • A small NGO, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS), led an initiative to challenge local government functionaries on disbursements of drought relief funds, and ended up carrying out one of the most energetic civil society campaigns in recent Indian history. It began with researchers sifting for information on projected disbursements as they appeared in government records. These were then corroborated by asking labourers and villagers how much they had actually received, or whether construction...
    UNDP Ownership Leadership and Transformation 2003
  • 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,...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • The Tsunami combined with the end of the 30-year conflict in 2005 had a significant impact on the Provincial Government. The theme of the recovery was to build back better, however the challenge has been to sustain the recovery in which the Government and international community invested over $6 billion. When the Tsunami hit Aceh in 2004, the Government of Indonesia (GoI) developed a strategy to rebuild back Aceh better than before the Tsunami. However, thirty years of conflict had severely...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • Following a close and highly contested 2006 presidential race, Mexico faced a crisis of credibility in the management of its elections. An opposition party threatened not to recognize the government as legitimate, citing fraud and unfair treatment by broadcast media during the campaign. Legislators in Mexico’s three largest political parties parlayed the crisis into an opportunity to address long-standing problems in the country’s electoral process. They passed a reform package that...
    Princeton Innovations for Successful Societies 2014
  • A savings- and literacy-led capacity-building alternative to traditional microfinance, groups of women are united to support each other as they save and learn together, become successful businesswomen, ending poverty and creating better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities. Begun with 125,000 very poor women in rural Nepal, WORTH uses an empowering self-instructional capacity building approach that enables women to become literate, learn to create their own village banks...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • As Indonesia is one of the most prone countries to disasters, DRR efforts have to be implemented in a systematic and holistic approach. It has to be integrated into development process including on education. Thus, mainstreaming DRR into national education system is a must to build the capacity of community. Indonesia is a country with great potential to sustain geologic, biologic, hydrometeorologic, environmental, technological and social disasters. Global climate change has also begun to show...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • In 2004, as part of a pilot initiative on decentralized service delivery in the 4 poorest regions in Ethiopia, 34 illiterate villagers were trained to build, install, and maintain solar photo-voltaic PV systems bringing electricity for the first time to remote villages. The sun was just beginning to dip below the horizon, coloring the azure sky with brilliant pink and orange hues. Ahadi Ahmed realized that she had to pick up the pace. Gingerly perched on top of the thatched roof of her neighbor...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • El Centro de Diagnóstico de Sanidad Animal, (CDSA) de SENASA no tenía condiciones para iniciar diagnósticos en sanidad aviar, ni personal entrenado, por esta razón se vio por conveniente solicitar a Argentina su apoyo para capacitar a profesionales peruanos en esta materia. El proyecto contó con la asesoría de expertos de la Universidad de la Plata de Argentina que trabajaron por 4 años. Fue un proyecto de triangulación con Japón. Al finalizar el proyecto, SENASA cuenta con personal...
    South-South Opportunity 2010
  • An experience in Guatemala bears lessons for engagement in post-conflict reconstruction. In this case, an assembly of civil society organizations played a key role in starting to rebuild a country devastated by civil war. They were assisted by donors, which devised a coordinated strategy, with one agency acting as facilitator. The careful construction of a process of dialogue, capacity mapping and eventually the commissioning of pilot development projects helped foster an atmosphere of trust...
    UNDP Ownership Leadership and Transformation 2003
  • The Cserehat Programme has helped to develop capacities of disadvantaged Roma communities living on the border between Hungary and Slovakia to take an active role in local development. It also helped to develop the capacities of local and national authorities to address complex development challenges related to social exclusion. The Cserehat Area Based Development Programme was launched by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor in Hungary together with UNDP in 2005, and has a programme budget...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • El Instituto de la Defensa Pública Penal es una institución autónoma del sistema de justicia de Guatemala. Su estructura organizativa funcional está orientada y va dirigida a la población de escasos recursos económicos, que buscan tener acceso a la justicia y que se vele por el respeto al debido proceso. Asimismo se da atención a mujeres, niñas y adolescentes víctima de violencia en todas sus formas, cumpliendo nuestra misión, mediante asesoría y asistencia jurídica gratuita.
    South-South Opportunity 2010
  • This case study examines how one district in the Indonesian province of South Sulawesi - Takalar district – took up the challenge of tackling rural poverty through the use of participatory development and community empowerment methodologies. The study looks at the capacity that was required of various local stakeholders, traces the processes through which the district in partnership with the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) undertook to develop the necessary capacity, and...
    ECDPM Discussion Papers 2004
  • In India planning is imposed from above which ignores local needs and priorities. The case describes a Panchayat in India which conducted its wn microplanning exercise and determined its need and priorities. Decentralization is a vital necessity for local empowerment and to achieve greater impact in combating poverty. Devolution of powers through constitutionally mandated bodies with an objective to reduce poverty through an empowerment strategy creates space for people to effectively...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • El Proyecto GPdNH es una contribución al fortalecimiento de las capacidades del gobierno haitiano para cuantificar, analizar y tomar decisiones sobre la inversión social destinada a la niñez en Haití. Específicamente, el proyecto pretende estimar los recursos públicos invertidos para el desarrollo de los niños, niñas y adolescentes de dicho país, a partir de la metodología desarrollada por la DAGPyPS y UNICEF en la Argentina.
    South-South Opportunity 2010
  • 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...
    UNDP Ownership Leadership and Transformation 2003
  • Madhya Pradesh has been recognised both nationally and internationally for encouraging citizen participation in governance and creating an accessible, accountable and transparent state bureaucracy. One of the ways in which this has been achieved is by the MPOnline programme. This joint venture between the state government and Tata Consultancy services was undertaken to bridge the gap between the government and the citizens. This programme has played a crucial role in improving the delivery of...
    Other collections 2012
  • Landmines affect over 1.3 million people in Sudan. For this reason, UNDP has been on the ground building the capacity of demining authorities since 2004. Its work not only focuses on activities in the minefield, it also covers legislation, policy, strategy, and human resource development. In places contaminated by landmines, simple tasks like fetching water can be deadly. Sudan is one of those places. Though the true extent of the problem remains unknown, it is estimated that up to 19 of the...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • El gobierno actual se propuso desarrollar una gestión pública incluyente y culturalmente sensible hacia los pueblos indígenas. El PNUD, articulado con organizaciones de los pueblos indígenas y ONGs que desarrollan tareas en comunidades indígenas, propició un proceso de fortalecimiento de capacidades en estes públicos. Al inicio del periodo 2008/2013 se comenzó a vislumbrar en la agenda pública un discurso altamente incluyente hacia los pueblos indígenas. Sin embargo, se han evidenciado...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
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