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  • 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...
  • Case study describes creation of better business environment through regulatory reform. Based on participation platform, we coordinated public and private sector stakeholders, resulting in elimination of business regulations that impeded progress. Government commitment and transformational leadership lead to shifts in public administration mindset and strengthening of private sector. In 2006, Croatia faced bleak economic prospects due to unfavorable regulatory framework that impeded...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • NAM CSSTC--in cooperation with the GoI, and JICA/GoJ—has implemented a training programme on microfinance for African region since 2004.The Batch I (2004-2006) focused on the operational aspects of microfinance, whilst the Batch II (2007-2011) emphasized the establishment and management of microfinance institution (MFI). The idea is also based on positive feedbacks expressed by the alumni of the past TCTPs.
  • What causes a water utility in Uganda to reverse course dramatically, from the brink of extinction to financial viability within less than a year? Experts typically maintain that deep organizational changes require a long-term approach to developing staff and organizational capacity—that capacity growth is unlikely to be compatible with short-term efforts. That is mostly true, but sometimes passionate and committed leadership can turn things around in a remarkably short time and make...
  • The study sought to examine capacity-building experiences from four post-conflict African countries: Uganda, Rwanda, Mozambique and Sierra Leone. Liberia was dropped because of logistical problems. The main objective of the study was to draw conclusions and present recommendations that would provide a guide to policies, strategies and instruments for post-conflict capacity-building initiatives by the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF). In addition, the study aimed at contributing to an...
  • 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...
  • With financial assistance from the Irish embassy and the embassy of the kingdom of The Netherlands, SNV supports since 2007 fruit marketing cooperatives in Southern Ethiopia. SNV strengthens the cooperatives through facilitating business to business arrangements, business planning and improved operational management, and access to critical services. Results of the support to two fruit cooperatives with a focus on respectively mango and highland fruits are described. Both cooperatives had...
  • This is a story of how Ecological Sanitation has changed peoples’ lives in three poor communities in the Philippines and how the partnership between a Local Government Unit and an NGO that share a common desire to help the poor can bring about social change in communities. Three low-income, water-scarce communities in San Fernando City, La Union Province in northern Philippines adopted Ecological Sanitation (Ecosan) in 2004 and successfully improved their health and environment conditions...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Se muestra el camino recorrido por la municipalidad de La Paz junto a GTZ para lograr financiamiento para proyectos sociales mediante mecanismos de mercado. La exitosa emisión de bonos municipales fue resultado de un largo proceso, que implicó primeramente superar el desorden y desequilibrio de las finanzas del municipio. Para la mayoría de las 327 municipalidades de Bolivia, el financiamiento del desarrollo depende principalmente de la recaudación de impuestos que está a cargo de la agencia...
  • 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...
  • For years, Nauru, a small Pacific island nation (population 10,000), benefited from the considerable wealth generated from its only major natural resource, phosphate. However, when that resource was almost exhausted and national assets held under the Nauru Phosphate Royalties Trust (NPRT) had been reduced to relatively minor holdings, the Government of Nauru sought and received assistance from Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) to prepare a...
  • A growing body of evidence suggests that learning and cooperation among developing nations is increasing in both frequency and complexity and expanding from just economic cooperation to include a variety of topics: health, education, communication, research, and development. Due to shared backgrounds and challenges, people in developing nations are banding together as peers to find new and innovative solutions to development issues. Reviews of technical cooperation suggest that South-South...
  • When the Moroccan government began deregulating its telecommunications industry, it first split post and telecommunications services and then set up a National Agency of Telecommunications Regulations. A cell phone license was issued that attracted international interest and earned the country $1.1 billion. The state-owned Maroc Telecom went private after extensive modernization, and phone access skyrocketed over a period of seven years, from 4.5 to 20 lines per 100 inhabitants. Morocco’s...
  • The South-East Europe Education Cooperation Network (SEE-ECN) is a broadbased, low-cost regional project. It supports the exchange of information, ideas, and know-how for the reform and improvement of education in 11 countries. The network began with a sense of urgency over the need to enhance education standards, and took off through strategic kick-starting from external finance. As a virtual meeting place, it has brought people together and mobilized capacities across the region, stimulating...