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  • Four years ago, the county authorities of Kapoeta North did not have an office building, let alone a water and sanitation department. The local authority from the remote region of South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria state was literally operating from under a tree. At the time of its establishment, the county was one of the regions with the highest cases of the painful guinea worm parasite in the world. In addition, diseases such worms, scabies, eye infections and diarrhoea were still...
  • The World Health Organisation recognises that poor governance at district health services results in corruption, patient vulnerability, lack of rule of law, poor patient information, unsafe healthcare practices and poor quality of service. In the systemic quality improvement assessment of the Millennium Development Goals, health governance in Cameroon scored lowest in national health sector performance and was identified as key in low performance on health related Millennium Development Goals....
  • 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 Montenegro coordinates implementation of the biggest regional programme UNDP has committed to in South Eastern Europe to date. Main goals: improved environmental situation and life quality for citizens through least-cost measures, improved local and national policy dialogue and supply of domestic professional services in the environmental management sector. The implementation of a 3-year $15 million Western Balkans Environmental Hot Spots Programme (WBEP) involves six countries/territories...
  • UNFPA worked intensively in Pader District for over two years to build local capacity, improve coordination, and establish sustainable systems for GBV response and prevention. The result is improved district capacity and commitment to address GBV, evident by a GBV Ordinance developed under district leadership and passed in January 2010. Pader District in Northern Uganda was devastated by over 20 years of conflict. The war displaced 1.8 million individuals—90% of the population. During the...
  • 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....
  • First Steps is a Christian humanitarian organization whose purpose is to prevent childhood malnutrition in North Korea. Since North Korea is suffering from food and energy shortages, First Steps introduced soymilk processing machines that do not require electricity. Currently, more than 80,000 children are daily benefitting from the program. First Steps is a Christian humanitarian organization whose purpose is to prevent childhood malnutrition in North Korea through programs which provide...
  • The Natural Disaster Risk Management Program (NDRMP), jointly offered by the World Bank Institute and Earthquakes and Megacities Initiative, consists of distance learning courses that promote proactive disaster risk management practices The program has been implemented since 2006 and online courses are still ongoing. A click can make a difference. We are living in a digital world where new knowledge and technologies have become accessible to more people. The advancement in technology paved the...
  • UNDP and the Ministry of Finance developed the Development Assistance Co-ordination Unit project to establish a co-ordination unit in the Ministry of Finance. The underlying objective was to support the Government of Malawi to localise and implement the principles of the PD and the AAA. In 2008, with the support of the Aid Effectiveness Advisor, the Debt and Aid Division of the Malawi Ministry of Finance established an aid co-ordination unit. The Aid Advisor initiated and institutionalized all...
  • 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...
  • The Tsunami combined with the end of the 30-year conflict in 2005 had a significant impact on the Provincial Government. The theme of the recovery was to build back better, however the challenge has been to sustain the recovery in which the Government and international community invested over $6 billion. When the Tsunami hit Aceh in 2004, the Government of Indonesia (GoI) developed a strategy to rebuild back Aceh better than before the Tsunami. However, thirty years of conflict had severely...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • This paper highlights the capacity enhancement support provided under the World Bank–financed Pakistan Improvement of Financial Reporting and Auditing (PIFRA) project and six lessons learned tobe considered in designing  similar projects: (a) address capacity constraints at every level, that is, individual, organizational, and institutional, (b) avoid addressing an entire large country in one project, (c) avoid introducing state-of-the art technology in an environment of largely...
  • The state of capacity-building in Rwanda is an outcome of historical developments during the colonial and post-colonial periods, the genocide of 1994, and developments in the post-1994 period.  This report summarizes key study findings and presents them as lessons from experience and best practices from Rwanda. For the complete case story, please see the PDF file attached below.
  • An experience in Guatemala bears lessons for engagement in post-conflict reconstruction. In this case, an assembly of civil society organizations played a key role in starting to rebuild a country devastated by civil war. They were assisted by donors, which devised a coordinated strategy, with one agency acting as facilitator. The careful construction of a process of dialogue, capacity mapping and eventually the commissioning of pilot development projects helped foster an atmosphere of trust...
  • A nationwide survey conducted in Niger in April 2010 on rural and urban household vulnerability to food insecurity revealed that the most affected zones and the people most in need of aid are located in the regions of Maradi (29.3%), Tahoua (24.5%) and Tillabéry (24%). The most dire circumstances are in the Department of Illéla, in particular, in a number of villages in the Badaguichiri zone (all in the Tahoua region). This situation has been harmful to local operations, especially in the...
  • In recognition of the Palestinian Ministry of Health’s commitment to reform, The Flagship Project tailored a self-assessment approach and supported the development of an Institutional Development Plan for the MoH. The process yielded positive results and helped unite all actors behind a comprehensive plan for reform driven by the Ministry. Sustainability of health sector reform is particularly challenging in environments where state institutions are weak or not fully established due to...