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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 Hub is a global network of spaces and communities that give social innovators access to the facilities, knowledge and connections they need to grow their initiatives. Hubs create fluid, inclusive, stimulating environments of collaboration and support in order to convene, connect, facilitate and strengthen diverse social and entrepreneurial initiatives. The Hub began when a group of architects, designers and social innovators from the UK worked alongside a community in Soweto - using...
    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • In 2006, Liberia’s only functioning seaport was a quagmire, riddled by corruption, cargo theft, and a glut of untrained workers. These problems combined to slow the delivery of relief supplies that were badly needed after a 14-year civil war, which had ended three years earlier. A battle site, the Freeport of Monrovia suffered from war damage and years of neglect. It was in danger of shutting down completely. The responsibility to upgrade the infrastructure and improve...
    Princeton Innovations for Successful Societies 2012
  • 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
  • Ultimately, we have to acknowledge that it is not our methods, strategies, tools or techniques which define the core and quality of our development practice, but ourselves—our past, our present and our future, and the will we can find to face these. What development practitioners “see” and do in their work depends on their worldview, values, attitudes and beliefs. In Cambodia, a combination of hierarchical culture, patronage, past trauma, and a rote-learning approach to...
    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • Water filtration systems, coastal bunds and other technologies that are tailored to the conditions and needs of local communities can help reduce vulnerability to climate change impacts like increased saltwater intrusion caused by sea level rise or storm surges, or more frequent and severe drought. A key challenge, however, is ensuring such technologies are properly operated and maintained. The partners of the AdaptCap project, a European Commission-financed initiative implemented with coastal...
    Capacity.org 2013
  • 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
  • Save the children USA through local NGO partners has implemented to empower women to enable them take new leadership. This case describes the success of the courageous, HIV positive women and how women are capable to take new roles of leadership. The greater and meaningful involvement of HIV-positive people has recently been adopted and promoted in Ethiopia. Though women are disproportionately infected and affected by HIV and the majority of members of PLHIV organizations are female, men are...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
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