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  • The project “Honor and Respect for Bel Air” aims to promote reduction of armed violence and urban rehabilitation in the neighborhood of Bel Air, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. It is led by the Brazilian NGO Viva Rio with the support of the Brazilian Embassy in Haiti, Canada, Norway and international organizations. The areas of intervention are diverse, including water supply, solid waste management and education. Activities are often associated with peace-keeping purposes, women empowerment...
    South-South Opportunity 2010
  • This Case is about cooperation between Argentina and Bangladesh for dealing with arsenic contamination of water and food. In Bangladesh arsenic is in waters for supplying a population of hundred millions. Moreover, well waters are used mainly for irrigation in agricultural production, and toxic migrates to crops, as in certain areas of Argentina cropland. Solving this problem with scarce resources is a big challenge and needs different approaches from very different countries and cultures.
    South-South Opportunity 2010
  • The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) is a relatively new nation, with half of its population under the age of 18 years. Responding to the Youth Crisis tells the story of how the RMI government, with assistance from ADB, set out to strengthen domestic capacity to improve services for youth in the Marshalls. The case highlights the importance of participatory processes and describes how an innovative approach to outsourcing youth welfare services to civil service providers was introduced....
    ADB Capacity Development in the Pacific 2008
  • The Democracy Trust was conceived as a policy advocacy tool to encourage commitment to the PRSP process among political parties. By ensuring that political parties publicly back policies of development and poverty eradication, the trust has granted the Honduran population a mechanism to hold elected officials to their obligations, and to demand their right to improved and sustainable services. As well, commitments to development thus become state policies and no longer belong solely to the...
    UNDP Ownership Leadership and Transformation 2003
  • When Daviz Simango took office in 2003 as the mayor of Beira, Mozambique’s second most prominent city, the odds were stacked against him. A member of the Resistência Nacional Moçambicana (RENAMO, or the Mozambique Resistance Movement), Simango was one of just five opposition mayors in the country.  Mozambique’s long and bitter civil war between RENAMO, a guerrilla movement at the time, and the ruling party, the Frente de Libertação de Moçambique (FRELIMO, or the Liberation...
    Princeton Innovations for Successful Societies 2010
  • Beginning in the late 1980s, Rio de Janeiro suffered increasing urban violence as the drug trade moved south from the Caribbean.  The favelas, shantytowns and slums on the hillsides surrounding Brazil's second-largest city, saw a rise in both inter-gang violence and clashes between police and drug traffickers.  Innocent bystanders often died in the crossfire.  In 2007, working with the support of the governor, the state's secretary for public security, José Mariano...
    Princeton Innovations for Successful Societies 2010
  • An integrated approach to country planning was piloted in Sierra Leone to include a Capacity Development approach. This involved mapping country priorities to FAO's Results Based System. Special attention was given to the 'Expert Crisis' found in the ministries primarily due staffing losses due to the war. In Sierra Leone, CD in Agriculture and Rural Development deals with what is called the 'Expert Crisis' as well as basic CD needs in most sectors. The Expert Crisis refers...
    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
  • 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...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • Subsequent to the enactment of Right to Information legislation in 2005, UNDP with Government of India initiated to build capacities of stakeholders at all levels. Piloted in selected districts across India, the initiative was later up scaled. Project built models and institutionalized mechanisms for capacity building for RTI. Government of India enacted the Right to Information legislation in 2005 and recognized access to information as a key development issue, because it has the potential to...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • 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...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • 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...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • 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.
    South-South Opportunity 2010
  • Proyecto iniciado en 2007 en el marco del Sistema Interamericano de Metrología (SIM). Objetivos: Fortalecer la cooperación regional Ampliar la capacidad técnica de los Institutos Nacionales de Metrología de Bolivia y Perú Contribuir a la eficiencia del mercado de gas natural y a la protección del consumidor Potenciar los servicios de referencia para asistir a consumidores, empresas de suministro de gas y autoridades reguladoras de Bolivia y Perú.
    South-South Opportunity 2010
  • The process of preparing PRSPs has served as an opportunity for enhancing participation and civic engagement in national policy-making processes in many countries. In some cases, they have helped develop other capacities just by dint of their rigour and requirements. The PRSP for the Republic of Yemen is a case in point; preparation called for the government to upgrade its capabilities in a number of areas. In the process, it seeded a new, more inclusive culture of policy-making, and helped...
    Other collections 2003
  • After about five years of learning by doing, mobilizing internal political coalitions, reforming and streamlining government structures, accumulating and nurturing a critical mass of technocrats in key civil service positions, the government of Uganda gradually institutionalized policy management in general and capacity building in particular. This report presents lessons of experience and best practices distilled from this latter period.
    Other collections 2003
  • A small NGO, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS), led an initiative to challenge local government functionaries on disbursements of drought relief funds, and ended up carrying out one of the most energetic civil society campaigns in recent Indian history. It began with researchers sifting for information on projected disbursements as they appeared in government records. These were then corroborated by asking labourers and villagers how much they had actually received, or whether construction...
    UNDP Ownership Leadership and Transformation 2003
  • When Momo Rogers became director general of Liberia’s Cabinet Secretariat in June 2009, he thought the office could begin to support President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her team of ministers much more effectively than it had done previously. Cabinet offices generally aimed to improve the quality of decision making and coordination at the center of government. That function was especially important in Liberia, where President Sirleaf wanted to advance an ambitious development agenda—...
    Princeton Innovations for Successful Societies 2012
  • Of the 14,700 internally displaced families who left the 65 camps and transitional shelters, the MSS/UNDP Dialogue Teams supported in 2009 10,000 families, comprising 70,000 individuals, through preparatory meetings, community dialogues and mediations. No major incidents were reported despite complex political, social and administrative challenges. The dismissal of one-third of the army and prolonged social tensions and political divisions led to the civil unrest in 2006/ 2007. By the time...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • En 2007, la comunidad de San Pedro, al norte del país, fue arrasada por incendios forestales. 200 familias perdieron sus fuentes de ingreso (agricultura de renta y consumo). En este escenario, agravado por problemas de tenencia de la tierra, se logró recuperar la capacidad de subsistencia y fuentes de ingreso, mejorando la calidad de vida de los pobladores. En el año 2007, se vivió en Paraguay una grave e inesperada situación considerada una de las primeras manifestaciones del cambio climático...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
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