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  • 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...
  • In the aftermath of a brutal war, a Cambodian government programme for decentralizing governance is resurrecting local capacities to manage development funds, while respecting the rule of law, human rights, environmental concerns and so on. Called Seila, the programme has also created a system for funnelling resources from central to local government bodies. The Seila experience features many potential lessons for countries emerging from conflict, proving that if donors and reconstruction...
  • 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...
  • From the time water and sanitation sector reforms started in Zambia in the late 1980s, NGOs and Civil Society Organisations had no defined space for their collective participation. As a result, their influence on policies and service delivery has been limited. Most NGOs have been focusing on implementing community projects with little collaboration with government institutions at national, provincial, district level and with other stakeholders. Similarly their interactions with communities have...
  • 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...
  • UNDP launched community telecenters aiming: Enhance use of ICT in social and economic development Contribute to bridging digital disparity between cities and rural areas generate job opportunities Assist small sized communities to use technologies and empower women Participate actively in communities’ social and economic activities. Under this project, 44 community telecentres were established in most rural,remote and deprived areas within Syrian governorates. These centers offer...
  • 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...
  • A police to police arrangement between the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary and the Australian Federal Police commenced in 2008. The approach is different focusing on joint venture using behavioural change and improvement in service delivery. The focus is not on what is done, but how it is done. The Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) is the national police force of Papua New Guinea and while many associate contemporary law and order problems with lack of resources and low police...
  • LumenSoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd. was started ten years ago as an incubation project at the Lahore University of management Sciences. The incubation model helped in starting a chain reaction, which has been instrumental in capacity building of young graduates in the IT sector. In the spring of 2000, three graduates, one female and two males, of MS in computer sciences at LUMS( Lahore University of Management Sciences) decided to start a software house. Thus the LumenSoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd....
  • This story demonstrates the power of Theatre as a tool in addressing post trauma aspects post disaster and its role in long term community development. The unique aspect being community youth engaged as the catalysts for change in addition to boosting their self confidence and livelihood opportunities. On 2 and 3 May 2008, cyclone Nargis hit the coastal Ayeyarwady Delta region of Myanmar. This natural disaster, the worst ever in the history of the country resulted in the loss of 138,000 human...
  • The case story describes UNDP Myanmar’s experience of working with more than 5000 self reliance groups and how the investments in capacity development complemented by livelihood support have influenced the lives of more than 50,000 women. The concept of Self Reliance Group (SRG) was introduced in 1998 based on the Indian NGO Myrada model of Self Help Groups. Currently there are more than 5,000 SRGs in Myanmar facilitated by UNDP through its projects. The objective of working through the...
  • 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...
  • How community of small villages handled, with minimum support, the solar electrification workshop and installation process, the post-installation management and the benefit community gained. Benishangul Gumuz people’s national Regional State was established in 1994 according to new constitution of Ethiopia, which created federal system of government. The newly reorganized federal system of governance, ethno-linguistic based, gave profound opportunity to citizen, particularly minority, to...
  • 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...
  • 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 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.
  • The Government of Southern Sudan’s Ministry of Rural Water Supply and Sanitation aims to improve access to water supply and sanitation services for approximately eight million people living in rural areas. To achieve this, development and implementation of a comprehensive operations and maintenance system for water sources is essential. In order to set up a sound operations and maintenance system, reliable data on the functionality of water points is critical. Unfortunately baseline data...
  • A 1993 Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID)–funded study reported that water and sanitation problems in South Tarawa, Kiribati had become critical and needed to be addressed in “as comprehensive a manner as possible.” This led to a series of interventions including several Asian Development Bank (ADB)–sponsored projects which focused on the community participation component that the Government of Kiribati had come to recognize as key to sustainability...
  • In 2007, SNV changed its strategy to increase impact through seven core elements. One of these is defining clients as part of an Actor Constellation, and helping to strengthen micro-macro linkages to accelerate impact on poverty and governance. This has resulted in the development of Actor Constellation Maps for each thematic area (tourism, education, health, and so on). Within the context of this shift in our approach, SNV Ghana moved away from single client engagement to multi-stakeholder...