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  • This case study looks at the experience of the Environmental Action (ENACT) programme, a collaboration between the government of Jamaica and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). ENACT's mandate was to work with Jamaican organisations in the public, private and non-profit sectors to improve their capabilities to identify and solve national environmental problems. The design of the ENACT programme began in 1990 but activities in the field only got under way with the...
  • 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...
  • When the Moroccan government began deregulating its telecommunications industry, it first split post and telecommunications services and then set up a National Agency of Telecommunications Regulations. A cell phone license was issued that attracted international interest and earned the country $1.1 billion. The state-owned Maroc Telecom went private after extensive modernization, and phone access skyrocketed over a period of seven years, from 4.5 to 20 lines per 100 inhabitants. Morocco’s...
  • The daily reality of overwhelmed health and social services in many developing countries confronts staff in these fields with seemingly insoluble problems. While many contribute considerable knowledge and skills, they often lack the encouragement to act self-reliantly and effectively to address the issues that arise. Action research offers a way out of this dilemma, because it elicits existing knowledge and then devises appropriate responses to challenges, in tandem with all concerned. Since...
  • 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...
  • This is a story of how Ecological Sanitation has changed peoples’ lives in three poor communities in the Philippines and how the partnership between a Local Government Unit and an NGO that share a common desire to help the poor can bring about social change in communities. Three low-income, water-scarce communities in San Fernando City, La Union Province in northern Philippines adopted Ecological Sanitation (Ecosan) in 2004 and successfully improved their health and environment conditions...
  • 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...
  • Información y conocimiento. Conectar, compartir, intercambiar, visibilizar, desarrollar capacidades y conocimientos para promover la igualdad de género en Latinoamérica y El Caribe. Este es el principal objetivo del Proyecto Regional del RBLAC/PNUD América Latina Genera: gestión del conocimiento para la igualdad de género. En las dos últimas décadas, los avances en la región en materia de igualdad de género han sido considerables, pero discontinuos, heterogéneos y a menudo unidos a ciertos...
  • Capacity development is viewed by PEN not as a component to support or supplement other sector specific intervention. Our approach requires continuous investment in local people, groups, and institutions. PEN has been working with community groups and institutions in Machakos since 2004. PEN’s experience in working with communities has shown that communities have the potential to initiate, manage and sustain their own sustainable development, and only need an interactive and targeted...
  • En las áreas rurales de Honduras, ECOMOBILIA promueve la conservación del patrimonio arquitectónico a través del rescate de prácticas y transferencia de tecnología para crear y fortalecer capacidades de familias para que puedan construirse una vivienda digna y sostenible utilizando materiales naturales y locales. En el año 2006, ECOMOBILIA nace como una iniciativa ante el déficit habitacional que existe en muchas aldeas del país sumado a una condición social de pobreza severa. Lo que no...
  • A program to develop the capacity of individuals and organisations to contribute effectively to national and regional HIV responses through long term partnerships and linkages between organisations in the Asia and Pacific regions. The HIV Consortium for Partnerships in Asia and the Pacific is a collaboration of nine Australian HIV organisations formed to foster strategic partnerships and linkages between Australia and the Asia and Pacific regions. The HIV Consortium is implementing the Regional...
  • NCP development is an example of how local strategies can be strengthened from national structures without imposing concepts. Provincial strategies based on local concepts including socio cultural factors against homophobia and discrimination of people living with AIDS (PLWA) were reinforced systematically and continuously by NCP during a 12-year period. Since the onset of the HIV/aids epidemic in Cuba, the government gave strong emphasis to the research and control of the illness. A careful...
  • The CSNP is a learning initiative amongst 13 African church partners of PYM Aid Norway. Highly participatory annual meetings, complemented by visits between partners, have enabled considerable learning to take place and more importantly be applied in practice. This has had catalytic knock-on effects on networking outside CSNP. This case study shows the value of strong local ownership and facilitation in South-South learning.
  • This ADB technical assistance program provided support to PRC and India to implement a program of studies on their development experiences on selected sectors and areas. The main objective of this program is to provide an opportunity for the policy makers in both countries to learn from each other’s experience in meeting their common development challenges. The underlying theme of this exchange of development experiences is to obtain an Indian perspective on PRC development experience...
  • Se trata de una capacitación vivencial llamada la Ruta de Aprendizaje a través de la cual mujeres representantes de concejos y alcaldías visitaron municipios centroamericanos destacados por su papel en la reducción de las desigualdades de género. Al final de la Ruta las participantes presentaron propuestas para aplicar lo aprendido durante la capacitación en sus países y sus municipios. Participaron mujeres de Centro y Sur América.
  • El Instituto de la Defensa Pública Penal institucionalizada, autónoma y funcionalmente independiente es la institución encargada de velar por el acceso a la justicia y el debido proceso, siendo la institución más pequeña del sistema justicia, juega un papel preponderante en la búsqueda de la justicia democrática. En el desarrollo de sus actividades, debe contar con asesoría especializada en las áreas forenses para guardar el equilibrio procesal y la igualdad de armas en el proceso. Su actividad...
  • AsCoP-MfDR, created in 2006, was the first regional developing country network on managing for development results (MfDR). ADB is the Secretariat. AsCoP-MfDR gives members access to good practices, tools, training opportunities on MfDR through peer-to-peer learning activities, including specific South-South collaborations. The success of AsCoP-MfDR influenced the creation of the Latin American and Caribbean CoP and the African CoP. The OECD-DAC recently reaffirmed regional CoPs as essential...
  • 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 growing body of evidence suggests that learning and cooperation among developing nations is increasing in both frequency and complexity and expanding from just economic cooperation to include a variety of topics: health, education, communication, research, and development. Due to shared backgrounds and challenges, people in developing nations are banding together as peers to find new and innovative solutions to development issues. Reviews of technical cooperation suggest that South-South...
  • In Ecuador, under the aegis of the Dialogue 21 programme, information and communication tools have created room for a public discourse that has brought together social, political, governmental and economic forces around sustainable human development. Together, a spectrum of people have built consensus in a crisis situation, engendering trust and changing previously confrontational and suspicious mindsets. External agencies played a facilitating role, used flexible and adaptive aid instruments,...