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  • Improved rice production is key to development and food security in Lao PDR. While paddy rice production has increased, less attention has been paid to improving productivity both on-farm and in post-harvest handling, including milling. One kilo of paddy rice milled in Lao PDR used to produce significantly less edible rice than in neighboring countries. Poor quality has meant lower prices, reducing profits for both millers and farmers. Production of better quality paddy rice and improved...
    LenCD "Capacity: Results" 2011
  • In 2009, the chance of children in Guinea-Bissau attending school was 76 percent, with a 48 percent chance of completing basic education and a 17 percent chance of completing secondary education. Of all children enrolled in first grade, more than half either had to repeat the year or dropped out. Only 40 percent of basic education teachers had received pre-service training, and the situation was aggravated by inadequate curricula and insufficient access to textbooks. Following a review of the...
    LenCD "Capacity: Results" 2011
  • The vegetable oilseed sub-sector is one of seven strategic areas selected by the Ugandan Government’s Poverty Eradication Action Plan. Oilseeds account for over 60 percent of the country’s vegetable oil production, and directly affect the livelihoods of over 12 million Ugandans. However, production cannot meet domestic demand: around 6o percent of the vegetable oil consumed in Uganda is imported as crude palm oil and blended with locally produced sunflower oil. Multi-stakeholder...
    LenCD "Capacity: Results" 2011
  • One of the challenges facing African governments has been weak capacity for policy analysis and research. To make up for the lack of local capacity, governments used to rely on expatriate advisers and a small group of experienced senior civil servants. In order to foster leadership and ownership of the development agenda, ACBF promoted the establishment of Africa-led think tanks which enabled indigenous experts take over the policy analysis process. During the last 15 years a series of policy...
    LenCD "Capacity: Results" 2011
  • For years Nigeria has suffered from violent conflict between religious and ethnic communities, with extensive loss of life and damage to property. In 1995, two leaders of opposing factions – one a Muslim, Imam Muhammad Ashafa, the other a Christian, Pastor James Wuye – helped found Nigeria’s Interfaith Mediation Centre. Its mission is to create a peaceful society through non-violent and strategic engagements in Nigeria and elsewhere in the world. The two men were brought...
    LenCD "Capacity: Results" 2011
  • The Zambia Chamber of Small and Medium Business Associations (ZCSMBA) was established in 2000 as a national body to represent the interests of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSME) in the country. It is a private organization driven by its 96 member associations representing more than 200,000 MSMEs. Until 2009, Zambia had no policy on small and medium enterprises. The absence of a coherent and separate regulatory and fiscal regime, along with an unfriendly business environment, was the...
    LenCD "Capacity: Results" 2011
  • Institutional capacity issues such as the the shortage of qualified human resources in the national healthcare system and its inability to provide specialized health care services, are just some of the challenges faced by the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe. With funding from IPAD and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Instituto Marquês de Valle Flôr (IMVF) has been working with the Government of São Tomé and Príncipe for the past two decades to develop the capacity of the...
    LenCD "Capacity: Results" 2011
  • When the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Government introduced the Organic Law on Provincial and Local Level Government in 1995, it decentralized responsibility for service delivery. The new law set in train a complex reform process that has gathered considerable momentum in recent years. AusAID has supported the PNG Government in creating key enablers for decentralized service delivery which, along with the Government’s commitment and leadership, have brought intermediate but important...
    LenCD "Capacity: Results" 2011
  • The challenges were: Inadequate schools in new communities Indiscipline among teachers and students. Lack of motivation for teachers. Dilapidated infrastructures in schools. High drop out rates on account of inability to pay for terminal examinations. New and old communities experienced inadequate access to good quality education as a result of the rapid increase in population of Lagos State. The existing infrastructures (especially school buildings were collapsing at a rapid rate. There was...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • Since 2001 Rwanda experimented with multi-actor forums for participatory governance. The Joint Action Development Forums (JADF) are used for planning and monitoring, promoting cooperation between the private sector, civil society and the public sector to advance development at the local level. In 2007 the JADF was made official policy. Rwanda acknowledges that accountability and voice are core principles for effective management of public affairs and achieve the development goals. The Joint...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • Businesses globally have come under close scrutiny for their degree of social and environmental responsibility, an examination that pushes them beyond their conventional obligations to shareholders. Not many have managed the job of returning healthy bottom lines while paying the higher costs that come with fair wages and environmentally sustainable production policies. The few that have continue to face questions about the veracity of their claims. The Body Shop typifies such a case. Its...
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