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  • With accession to the European Union (EU) local governments in Bulgaria have been gradually developing capacities in areas required under European Union benchmarks. This included capacities for the administration of decentralized social services, under the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy (MLSP). The country needed to shift from highly centralized and government-funded social services, often unable to reach the most vulnerable in rural areas, to a decentralized, community-managed system...
  • 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...
  • El gobierno actual se propuso desarrollar una gestión pública incluyente y culturalmente sensible hacia los pueblos indígenas. El PNUD, articulado con organizaciones de los pueblos indígenas y ONGs que desarrollan tareas en comunidades indígenas, propició un proceso de fortalecimiento de capacidades en estes públicos. Al inicio del periodo 2008/2013 se comenzó a vislumbrar en la agenda pública un discurso altamente incluyente hacia los pueblos indígenas. Sin embargo, se han evidenciado...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • One of Malaysia’s strengths is its ethnically diverse society, consisting of the majority Malays and indigenous groups (Bumiputera), as well as Chinese, Indians and others. Capacity development interventions have arisen from the need to advance Malaysia’s standing as a new state, but also to address ethnic imbalances inherited from colonial rule. Two priorities have been clear. The first involved increasing wealth among the Bumiputera so they could be entrepreneurs in their own...
  • When Momo Rogers became director general of Liberia’s Cabinet Secretariat in June 2009, he thought the office could begin to support President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her team of ministers much more effectively than it had done previously. Cabinet offices generally aimed to improve the quality of decision making and coordination at the center of government. That function was especially important in Liberia, where President Sirleaf wanted to advance an ambitious development agenda—...
  • Forests and forest land cover 54% of the country‟s surface and are a very important natural resource in Montenegro. The average growing stock on the forest and forest land amounts to 100 m3 per hectare. One third of the forests and forest land is privately owned and predominantly scattered in small holdings. Private owned forests are in poorer condition than those that are state owned. In spite of this, forests play an important role in mitigation of rural poverty, as well as the rural and...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Somos una cooperativa que recupera residuos sólidos urbanos, fomenta el reciclaje y ahorro de recursos. En plena crisis económica-política nacional, quedamos excluidos del sistema y debimos revolver la basura para poder comer. Decidimos organizarnos como cooperativa y trabajar todos juntos para superar la crisis. En 1989 nueve mujeres sin techo que revolvíamos basura en la calle nos juntamos para conseguir pastillas anticonceptivas. Todas comíamos de las bolsas de basura para sobrevivir, y...
  • Management Support to Provinces is a comprehensive process for building management and leadership capacity at the provincial level that started years ago. Components of the program include coaching, communication infrastructure, training, networking and acknowledgments. This has produced well-performing teams that are able to deliver services often against overwhelming odds. The purpose of the initiative Management Support to Provinces (MSP) is to build the capacity of Provincial Health...
  • The CDDE Facility was set up in response to the request from partner countries that more systematic and predictable support be provided to partner countries grappling with localization and implementation of PD and AAA principles and actions. The CDDE Facility aims to contribute to the three key results areas: Asia and the Pacific signatories will achieve the Paris Declaration targets by 2010 and the AAA actions by the time of the Fourth High Level Forum in 2011. Asia and the Pacific countries...