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  • The story showcases a systems thinking based capacity development initiative in road construction that successfully worked across different types of levels, a) different scales of human organisation: individual - team - organization – network – society, and b) geographic or administrative units: communities (micro) – districts (meso) – nation state (macro). It illustrates the importance of understanding the ‘multi-level’ nature of capacity for achieving local...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair
  • 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
  • Between 1986 and 2008, direct tax revenue collected by Ghana’s Internal Revenue Service nearly doubled as a proportion of the country’s gross domestic product. This case study offers an account of organizational change within the IRS during that period. When the agency became autonomous from the rest of the Ghanaian civil service in 1986, its leaders recruited a large number of accountants and lawyers, raised salaries by 50%-100% and instituted a collective bonus system...
    Princeton Innovations for Successful Societies 2011
  • During the period 2002-2006, the Rwanda Government implemented phase one of its Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP). Evaluation of the PRSP revealed that gender was not adequately taken into account during PRSP design and execution. As a result of these findings, phase two, known as the Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS) called for additional focus on gender and increased partnership with decentralized units. In response to these recommendations, the Activity...
    SNV Case story collection 2010
  • Targeted Public Distribution System in India, which provides foodgrains to poorest section of society is infested by several loopholes leading to starvation and malnutrition. A breakthrough in the existing scenario was brought by introducing one time direct bulk distribution of foodgrains to the beneficiaries in 240 villages of Nasik District. It is estimated that one-third of the world's poor live in India with food security as one of their major concerns. Unfortunately this widespread...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • The Farmer Field School (FFS) approach is rapidly gaining popularity in Africa following the successful experiences in a number of countries. The approach provides an innovative and cutting-edge mean for development of local solutions to complex livelihood problems and to stimulate community empowerment. The Farmer Field School (FFS) approach was originally pioneered in Indonesia in the late 1980s and developed by FAO in partnership with national governments for introducing integrated pest...
    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
  • El Proyecto GPdNH es una contribución al fortalecimiento de las capacidades del gobierno haitiano para cuantificar, analizar y tomar decisiones sobre la inversión social destinada a la niñez en Haití. Específicamente, el proyecto pretende estimar los recursos públicos invertidos para el desarrollo de los niños, niñas y adolescentes de dicho país, a partir de la metodología desarrollada por la DAGPyPS y UNICEF en la Argentina.
    South-South Opportunity 2010
  • 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
  • CAADP focuses on improving food security, nutrition, and increasing incomes in Africa's largely farming based economies. It aims to do this by raising agricultural productivity by at least 6% per year and increasing public investment in agriculture to 10% of national budgets per year. CAADP is about bringing together diverse key players - at the continental, regional and national levels - to improve co-ordination, to share knowledge, successes and failures, to encourage one another, and to...
    South-South Opportunity 2010
  • A poor community in northern Egypt mobilized itself to improve waste water processing. The Geziret El Sheir project succeeded in establishing a regular and fully functional system for waste water collection and disposal. As confidence grew in its own ability to bring about change, the community embarked on improvements in other aspects of environmental management. All along, local authorities offered vital contributions not only to the project, but also in replicating and upstreaming the...
    UNDP Ownership Leadership and Transformation 2003
  • During the 1990s, conflict of interest scandals in Brazil weakened public trust in civil servants and rendered many competitive processes like procurement, privatization and employment inefficient and ineffective. In 1999, President Fernando Henrique Cardoso created a Public Ethics Commission to confront these problems. Led by João Geraldo Piquet Carneiro, a Brazilian lawyer, the commission developed and implemented the Code of Conduct for Senior Government Officials. Piquet...
    Princeton Innovations for Successful Societies 2013
  • When Ernest Bai Koroma assumed the presidency of Sierra Leone in 2007, he promised to run his government as efficiently as a private business. A few years earlier, a brutal 11-year civil war had ended, leaving an estimated 50,000 dead and an additional two million displaced. The effects of the war gutted the government’s capacity to deliver basic services. Koroma launched an ambitious agenda that targeted key areas for improvement including energy, agriculture,...
    Princeton Innovations for Successful Societies 2012
  • 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...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • La metodología implementada en Uruguay por el PDL ART facilitó el incremento y generación de capacidades a nivel local y nacional siendo una de las claves del éxito de la expansión territorial del Programa y de su sustentabilidad en un país de renta media. La iniciativa ART es una modalidad de cooperación internacional para promover un nuevo multilateralismo. Se trata de una herramienta metodológica para facilitar la colaboración entre múltiples actores sobre un mismo territorio, a partir de...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • 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...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • Through a seven-year capacity development support directed to the municipality as an organization, and to the Mayor (the leader of the organization), SNV Benin has significantly contributed to transform this little municipality of 100,000 inhabitants into a place where populations can now hope for a better future. The Story:If the municipality of Klouekanme is often cited as one of the most promising municipalities in Benin despite its poverty, it is certainly (at least partly) because of the...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • El Programa busca contribuir a ampliar y consolidar los sistemas de transmisión, generación y aplicación del conocimiento científico y tecnológico, favoreciendo la formación de recursos humanos en temas prioritarios para el desarrollo regional, así como el estudio de las problemáticas más apremiantes. El programa se desarrollará por invitación a académicos mexicanos y centroamericanos que tienen ya una relación de colaboración a través de proyectos de cooperación académica en áreas prioritarias...
    South-South Opportunity 2010
  • El Centro de Diagnóstico de Sanidad Animal, (CDSA) de SENASA no tenía condiciones para iniciar diagnósticos en sanidad aviar, ni personal entrenado, por esta razón se vio por conveniente solicitar a Argentina su apoyo para capacitar a profesionales peruanos en esta materia. El proyecto contó con la asesoría de expertos de la Universidad de la Plata de Argentina que trabajaron por 4 años. Fue un proyecto de triangulación con Japón. Al finalizar el proyecto, SENASA cuenta con personal...
    South-South Opportunity 2010
  • En Latinoamérica, muchos países necesitan compilar la información sobre los programas de cooperación internacional existentes en su territorio, para la toma de decisiones y planeación de la cooperación por parte de los diferentes actores involucrados. A lo largo de los últimos años, Colombia ha desarrollado Mapas de Cooperación, que son sistemas de información diseñados para la eficiente administración y divulgación de la cooperación internacional. Hasta el momento, Colombia, a través de su...
    South-South Opportunity 2010
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