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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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...
    ADB Capacity Development in the Pacific 2008
  • UNDP Montenegro coordinates implementation of the biggest regional programme UNDP has committed to in South Eastern Europe to date. Main goals: improved environmental situation and life quality for citizens through least-cost measures, improved local and national policy dialogue and supply of domestic professional services in the environmental management sector. The implementation of a 3-year $15 million Western Balkans Environmental Hot Spots Programme (WBEP) involves six countries/territories...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • The JTC illustrates best practice in institutional development for judicial reform in post-crisis situations. The evidence generated and lessons learned during its establishment have been synthesized into an interactive Handbook illustrating how the CD approach can be applied to institutionalize judicial training systems as a key element of judicial reform. Background: In the 1990s, public institutions in Serbia were in a weak state due to politicization, centralization, economic collapse and...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • This is the case of how UNDP has worked for the integration of the historically excluded multicultural and multiethnic Autonomic Regions of the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua in a mono-ethnic and Pacific-oriented State. Local and national levels are intertwined in this search for human development through capacity development. The Nicaraguan Caribbean Coast, formerly known as Mosquitia, was militarily incorporated to Nicaragua in 1894. This has resulted in over 100 years of tensions between 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
  • Para impactar en el desarrollo de capacidades locales para la gestión de políticas públicas; el Centro de Estudios Sociales y Acción Comunitaria ha desarrollado instancias de capacitación para personal de Municipios y Comunas del Area metropolitana de Rosario. The Story:En su modo de gestionar la “cosa publica”, los municipios y comunas se han caracterizado por realizar tareas repetitivas, jerárquicas, sin un enfoque a largo plazo, con baja eficiencia y efectividad. En cuanto a los...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 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
  • In 2007, SNV changed its strategy to increase impact through seven core elements. One of these is defining clients as part of an Actor Constellation, and helping to strengthen micro-macro linkages to accelerate impact on poverty and governance. This has resulted in the development of Actor Constellation Maps for each thematic area (tourism, education, health, and so on). Within the context of this shift in our approach, SNV Ghana moved away from single client engagement to multi-stakeholder...
    SNV Case story collection 2007
  • The preparation of PRSPs offers interesting experiences in civic engagement in policy-making. While participatory policy formulation is highly desirable, its design has proven hard to fashion and continues to be dogged by flaws related to quality and depth, conditionality and ownership of the change process. The preparation of Ethiopia’s recent PRSP demonstrated all of these issues. While it built on lessons learned from earlier papers to attempt more genuine participation, large capacity...
    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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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...
    SNV Case story collection 2010
  • This is the story of developing capacities of small water service providers servicing poor urban and peri urban areas in the Philippines in order to improve their water service delivery role and help government meet its MDG targets. A few years back, the role of small water service providers (SWSPs) were not formally recognized, despite the fact that they deliver water to more than 40% of the total population in the Philippines, especially in poor urban, peri urban and rural areas. SWSPs can be...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • Programme reinforces community capacity for knowledge generation and transfer. HIV and other social services are strengthened, with communities demanding delivery of services for Human Rights promotion. It strengthens grassroots democracy - local forum to address community challenges, needs, perspectives, and attitudes; gender based violence, conflict resolution, and promoting accountability. Community Capacity Enhancement (CCE) through Community Conversations (CC) encourages and empowers...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
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