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  • Dairy value chain in Kenya has potential to provide income and employment opportunities for over one million smallholder households. This tremendous opportunity has however remained untapped due to a number of dairy value chain constraints. Production segment is characterised by low productivity, level due to lack of knowledge on appropriate dairy husbandry and feeding practices, farming is rain dependent making the production susceptible to severe seasonal weather fluctuations. This creates...
  • Landmines affect over 1.3 million people in Sudan. For this reason, UNDP has been on the ground building the capacity of demining authorities since 2004. Its work not only focuses on activities in the minefield, it also covers legislation, policy, strategy, and human resource development. In places contaminated by landmines, simple tasks like fetching water can be deadly. Sudan is one of those places. Though the true extent of the problem remains unknown, it is estimated that up to 19 of the...
  • UNDP supported 9 States and 36 Local Government Areas to conduct a Capacity Assessment and is in the process of supporting the Capacity Development response in these States and Local Government Areas, as a part of strengthening capacity for the Governance of HIV and AIDS. Due to the high rate of staff turnover at the state and Local Government level along with the shifting democratic processes, there is a stunted capacity of programme managers and implementers of the different programme areas....
  • 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...
  • The participation principle in MERET-PLUS is based on active participation of communities practiced at several levels of the communities. Active involvement of the community has enabled the community to take decisions, to organize and manage their work while sorting out differences between the various types of activities. Since 1980, the World Food Programme (WFP) has supported rural land rehabilitation in Ethiopia through the MERET Project, formerly known as ETH/2488, addressing the root...
  • As articulated in the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness (2005), country capacity is at the core of sustainable development. The concepts of capacity and capacity development (CD) are so all-encompassing, however, that practitioners have often found it difficult to make operational sense of them. According to the Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD/DAC), practitioners should begin by asking "capacity for what?" and...
  • 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.
  • By redirecting development assistance to local levels, capacity development can continue even amidst prolonged warfare and the collapse of a government. This was the case in Afghanistan in the 1990s, when external support could not be provided in the traditional manner through an established central authority. So UNDP began working with communities and supporting civil society organizations providing critical services. Staying engaged instead of disassociating from a...
  • 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...
  • For nearly two decades now UNDP has been supporting developing countries’ capacities to better understand and monitor aid flows channelled to them. Upon demand from governments and donors, UNDP has assisted national authorities, especially in the Africa region, in setting up the first generation of Aid Information Management Systems (AIMS), namely the Development Cooperation Analysis System (DCAS), which was used to track aid flows and produce annual or bi-annual national development...
  • A savings- and literacy-led capacity-building alternative to traditional microfinance, groups of women are united to support each other as they save and learn together, become successful businesswomen, ending poverty and creating better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities. Begun with 125,000 very poor women in rural Nepal, WORTH uses an empowering self-instructional capacity building approach that enables women to become literate, learn to create their own village banks...
  • Se propuso fortalecer capacidades de instituciones responsables del proceso de recuperación, facilitando la articulación de actores e iniciativas. Se brindó asistencia técnica promoviendo dinámicas de coordinación, sensibilización y capacitación; y enfoques de riesgo y género en instrumentos de decisión. Esta experiencia se desarrolla en las provincias de Ica, Pisco, Chincha y Cañete impactadas por el sismo de 7.9° (ML), ocurrido el 15 de agosto del 2007. La región posee una significativa...
  • 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...
  • Despite the overall complex and unsettled legal, policy and administrative local strategic planning set up in BiH, a noteworthy step towards a more systematic and advanced local development planning has been accomplished through the creation of a knowledge tool, enabling tailored municipal development planning capacity assessment. The ILDP is a joint project of UNDP BiH and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation implemented with the BiH Ministry for Human Rights and Refugees, entity...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Ukraine faces one of the world’s fastest growing HIV/AIDS epidemics. Glimpsing the potential enormity of the impact on present and future generations, it has turned to UNDP’s Leadership for Results Programme, used around the world to shift perspectives and develop the capacity to take action. The strategy is simple yet effective: bring together key change agents and influential community members; offer them the opportunity to respond to the epidemic in a deeper and more systematic...
  • Many people in developing countries rely on biomass, to meet their energy needs for cooking. Use of biomass is not in itself a cause for concern, but when resources are harvested unsustainably and energy conversion technologies are inefficient, there are serious adverse consequences for people’s health, the environment and economic development. SNV acknowledges the use of biogas as sustainable energy source. An overview is provided of the scope of SNV’s work in domestic biogas....
  • The majority of communities in the Peruvian Amazon do not have access to electricity, and their isolation complicates their connection to the energy grid. This hampers the development of these communities. At the same time, the Amazon has been identified by the Peruvian government as a strategic zone for the production of energy crops such as palm oil and Jatropha, the latter a native species for the area that is being promoted as a commercial crop for the production of biodiesel. The Peruvian...