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  • The Organizational Self-Assessment and Transformation Program represents a fundamental departure from top-down, expatriate-driven capacity building. Empowering Iraqi Government officials with the tools and knowledge to improve their skills, pursue excellence, and transform their organizations from within, it has achieved unprecedented success and expanded five-fold since inception. The Iraqi Minister of Oil has seen immense challenges these past years as his Ministry has struggled to reinvent...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • The project helped to develop the nationwide Government of Georgia Network (GGN), which offers a reliable e-network to connect remote agencies. GGN provides a swift and effective exchange of information between citizens and government organizations. “E-governance” was an exotic notion to most Georgians in 2006, when the Office of the State Minister on Reforms Coordination launched the nationwide Government of Georgia Network (GGN) initiative. The GGN offers a reliable network to...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • 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...
    ADB Capacity Development in the Pacific 2008
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The RCB Project is a 5 year donor funded development intervention which has its genesis in South- South collaboration and is based participatory approaches and innovative methodologies. The project is funded to an amount of USD 10.5m by the CIDA. Palama established effective partnerships based on mutual respect and cooperation with 3 partner Management Development Institutes (MDIs) and the donor, CIDA. This is a South South multi-country project involving the donor through trilateral...
    South-South Opportunity 2010
  • Fragile states pose a challenge for good leadership—for renewal and reform. States in the grip of poverty, with broken socioeconomic infrastructure and a political culture of impunity, require courageous leadership, one that is unafraid of risks and able to challenge itself to be innovative and look toward the future. In this brief, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia, shares lessons learned from her experience in leading a post-conflict country. She emphasizes the...
    WBI Capacity Development Briefs 2007
  • Over the last two decades, Venezuela has developed its fledgling oil sector, at first heavily dependent on foreign expertise, into a major global energy player with progressively higher levels of indigenization. This took place through a combination of prudent policy-making and effective corporate management strategies. Capacity development has been most spectacular in the sub-sector of oil-related engineering and construction, which has involved joint ventures and development of technological...
    Other collections 2003
  • Human and Environment Development Organization (HEDO) launched a project (UNDP). HEDO approached the work by social mobilization to change the attitudes of the community about the benefits can get from the forest without timber felling. HEDO introduced to the community to get believable benefits from the forest without timber felling. The villages around the forest was there off grid of the electricity area.They had not have opportunity to access any electrical instrument there. By implementing...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • 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...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • This case study looks at the experience of the Environmental Action (ENACT) programme, a collaboration between the government of Jamaica and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). ENACT's mandate was to work with Jamaican organisations in the public, private and non-profit sectors to improve their capabilities to identify and solve national environmental problems. The design of the ENACT programme began in 1990 but activities in the field only got under way with the...
    ECDPM Discussion Papers 2005
  • After a protracted civil war ended in 2003, Liberia’s government began the costly and complex task of rebuilding. During the early years, philanthropies and foundations stepped forward to help but often worked on isolated projects that had little to do with Liberia’s broader needs. In addition, some donors duplicated the efforts of others or, worse, worked at cross-purposes. At the same time, government capacity was severely strained. Many experienced and skilled civil servants had...
    Princeton Innovations for Successful Societies 2012
  • 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
  • Nitish Kumar was elected chief minister of Bihar, India’s poorest state, in December 2005, when the state’s government was weighed down by two decades of institutional decline, widespread lawlessness and a society deeply divided by caste and religion. Improving law and order was a major priority of his new government. The main challenges were rampant criminal activity that curtailed social and economic life, a short-staffed and under-motivated police force, widespread...
    Princeton Innovations for Successful Societies 2009
  • During the implementation of the Capacity Building of Local Governance Actors in Tanzania, the media was acknowledged as a local governance actor that had not been initially included in the programme design. A media policy (2007-2009) was developed to guide the engagement of media especially in a situation where Civil Society and Private Sector Organisations are weak and have very limited capacity to venture their issues and reach the larger public. The mass media form an important channel for...
    SNV Case story collection 2009
  • Education is a priority sector for the Zambian government. In support of the delivery of accessible quality education, SNV Zambia is engaged with Ministry of Education through a Memorandum of Understanding that addresses selected targets as stipulated in the National Implementation Framework 2008-2010 based on the Education and Skills Development Chapter of the Fifth National Development Plan. In this agreement SNV provides technical assistance towards decentralization processes, strengthening...
    SNV Case story collection 2009
  • This case study describes the innovative mainstream approach used by SNV Mozambique to link the tourism sector closer to the local economy and basic service provision. It also examines how the tourism growth can be made more pro-poor and subsequently involves and increase the income and well-being of local people. SNV works with a large cluster of diversified actors representing the private and public sectors, associations, local NGOs and informal groups. Building confidence between the groups...
    SNV Case story collection 2008
  • 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...
    SNV Case story collection 2010
  • The national budget of the Government of Rwanda (GoR) is highly dependent on external funding or aid, from donors and other sources. In 2007 the net Official Development Assistance (ODA)1 was USD 713 million. Following the aftermath of the 1994 civil war and genocide, the government looked towards its multilateral partners for support in developing a system to more effectively manage and coordinate aid. The UN were perceived as an appropriate trusted, neutral partner for (i) the provision of...
    UNDP Capacity is Development: Stories of Institutions 2010
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