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  • 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...
  • Through a seven-year capacity development support directed to the municipality as an organization, and to the Mayor (the leader of the organization), SNV Benin has significantly contributed to transform this little municipality of 100,000 inhabitants into a place where populations can now hope for a better future. The Story:If the municipality of Klouekanme is often cited as one of the most promising municipalities in Benin despite its poverty, it is certainly (at least partly) because of the...
  • The Puente in the Caribbean is a horizontal cooperation initiative which seeks to strengthen social protection strategies in CARICOM countries, by transferring the knowledge and lessons learned on the Chile Puente Program through capacity building activities. It was launched in June 2007 as a pilot program, involving Jamaica, St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago and is in its second phase with four additional countries. It is financed by CIDA and the Government of Chile.
  • How governance aspects influence production, processing and marketing. Can private sector benefit from improved governance in a value chain? This case shows that it certainly can, and moreover, that the strive for improved governance has concrete economic benefits in terms of increased income for poor people, in addition to changing the power relations in the chain. In the period 2001 to 2006 SNV Mozambique, in the Governance component, provided advisory services to Governmental and Civil...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • A world heritage site is a global public good. Its conservation, accessibility and the blending of these with local realities can test planning, execution, institutional coordination and commitment. Complex and multiple capacities are called for. In Cambodia, Angkor Wat is especially challenging not only because it is the world’s largest temple complex, but also because the site is in a country that has recently emerged from war and has 22,000 inhabitants. While an international umbrella...
  • 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...
  • During the period 2002-2006, the Rwanda Government implemented phase one of its Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP). Evaluation of the PRSP revealed that gender was not adequately taken into account during PRSP design and execution. As a result of these findings, phase two, known as the Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS) called for additional focus on gender and increased partnership with decentralized units. In response to these recommendations, the Activity...
  • The financial crisis of 1997 created new challenges and brought to the surface issues that those involved in development and specifically in managing aid partnerships in Indonesia have debated for a decade. Interpretations of the causes of the financial crisis include: the country over-relying on sources of foreign finance; foreign agencies over-extending their influence in national decision making processes; and a lack of transparency and accountability in decisions-making and allocation of...
  • La Asociación de familias afectadas por el conflicto armado interno de Ocobamba, entiende la importancia de organizarse y la participación activa como agentes de desarrollo que beneficia a los socios y mejora la condición socio económica de sus integrantes. El Perú vivió el conflicto armado interno, durante aproximadamente 20 años, que inició en el mes de marzo1980 al mes de noviembre del 2000, cometiéndose por parte de los perpetradoras como: PCP SL, Fuerzas policiales y militares, Comités de...
  • 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...
  • A group of 36 youth – initially unconvinced – were trained in Behavior Change Communication and engaged as Social Mobilisers for a large Solid Waste Management Project. Having worked intensively they grew confident and responsible. They organized themselves and built up an institution and resolved to be the guardian of local development. Kolkata Solid Waste Management Improvement Project (KSWMIP) meant for six municipalities in Hooghly has a strong social component for motivating...
  • En las áreas rurales de Honduras, ECOMOBILIA promueve la conservación del patrimonio arquitectónico a través del rescate de prácticas y transferencia de tecnología para crear y fortalecer capacidades de familias para que puedan construirse una vivienda digna y sostenible utilizando materiales naturales y locales. En el año 2006, ECOMOBILIA nace como una iniciativa ante el déficit habitacional que existe en muchas aldeas del país sumado a una condición social de pobreza severa. Lo que no...
  • Nanotechnology has enabled the synthesis of  molecular and atomic clusters that work like small machines -- a new generation of intelligent materials that are maintenance-free, efficient, reliable, contain no moving parts, do not create heat when operating, and are unaffected by weather.  This technology can be used to harness the energy of ocean waves and generate electricity. The proposed system would appear as a compound floating fabric of millions of tiny piezoelectric crystals...
  • NCP development is an example of how local strategies can be strengthened from national structures without imposing concepts. Provincial strategies based on local concepts including socio cultural factors against homophobia and discrimination of people living with AIDS (PLWA) were reinforced systematically and continuously by NCP during a 12-year period. Since the onset of the HIV/aids epidemic in Cuba, the government gave strong emphasis to the research and control of the illness. A careful...
  • The CSNP is a learning initiative amongst 13 African church partners of PYM Aid Norway. Highly participatory annual meetings, complemented by visits between partners, have enabled considerable learning to take place and more importantly be applied in practice. This has had catalytic knock-on effects on networking outside CSNP. This case study shows the value of strong local ownership and facilitation in South-South learning.
  • La construcción de un sistema de transporte masivo involucra retos institucionales, financieros, operativos e incluso culturales, por cuanto representa un elemento estructurador de la planeación urbana de la ciudad. En las ciudades con población numerosa, los sistemas de transporte masivo tipo BRT (Bus Rapid Transit), representan una solución óptima para el transporte de pasajeros debido a que tienen costos y tiempos de implementación relativamente moderados en comparación con otras...
  • Barefoot College trains rural, uneducated (illiterate and semi-literate) women to build, install, maintain, and repair solar electrification systems for off-grid electrification. Participants from developing countries (mostly in Africa) are trained in six months at the Barefoot campus in Tilonia, Rajasthan. After completing the course, the equipment the women build is shipped to their villages where it is used to electrify the houses and schools in the community.
  • This initiative aims to contribute to protecting the social security rights of migrant workers of the MERCOSUR countries, through the creation of a Single Data Base for Social Security Institutions (SDSI) in the MERCOSUR region. The purpose is to integrate the social security systems of the MERCOSUR countries by through developing and implementing a Data Transfer and Validation System (DTVS) to process retiree benefits under MERCOSUR’s Multilateral Social Security Agreement. The...