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  • In July 2005, Joko Widodo, the first directly elected mayor of Surakarta, faced the daunting job of revitalizing an Indonesian city whose history of violence had earned it the label sumbu pendek in the official Bahasa language—city with a “short fuse.” Seven years earlier, riots had shaken Surakarta, known as Solo, as mobs razed several neighborhoods, destroying homes and businesses. In 2002, Solo made international news again when officials uncovered terror networks...
    Princeton Innovations for Successful Societies 2012
  • Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf took office in January 2006 knowing she had much to do to rebuild her country. Liberia was one of the poorest nations in the world. A 14-year civil war had destroyed most of the country’s physical infrastructure. The health-care system had collapsed. Few people had jobs. Sirleaf had ambitious plans to develop Liberia’s economy, but she knew she would have to rebuild the government itself in order to move forward. Many skilled Liberians had...
    Princeton Innovations for Successful Societies 2012
  • Knowledge exchange—the sharing of information and experiences for customized learning—helps to lessen the knowledge divide, build consensus and coalitions for reform, and promote the concept of Open Development. In other words, knowledge exchange meets immediate, operational knowledge gaps by fostering the sharing of countries’ experiences. South-South knowledge exchange encourages cross-country partnerships that can help strengthen local ownership and leadership of...
    Other collections 2011
  • 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...
    UNDP Capacity is Development: Stories of Institutions 2010
  • Thua Thien Hue is a province in central Viet Nam with a coastline of 126 kilometres. The province is home to the Tam Giang – Cau Hai lagoon system, which covers five coastal districts and forms a source of livelihood for more than 300,000 people – nearly one-third of the province population. The numerous activities carried out in the lagoon put high pressure on the environment and risk undermining its natural resources. Upon the government’s request, FAO’s intervention...
    FAO Good Practices Case Study Series 2008
  • President Jacob Zuma took office in 2009 amid a wave of demonstrations by South Africans protesting the government’s poor record in delivering basic services. During the 15 years since the end of apartheid, South Africa had made strides in extending basic services to previously underserved communities, but frustration with the pace of progress boiled over in early 2009. During his first month in office, Zuma established a Ministry of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation to...
    Princeton Innovations for Successful Societies 2011
  • Governance reforms through decentralisation and deconcentration is central to poverty reduction and development in Cambodia. The National Committee for Sub-National Democratic Development is establishing a process oriented capacity development system for organisational development to strengthen local self-governance. The process aims at institutional capacity development through participatory performance assessment. Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in South-East Asia. More than a third...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 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
  • Relations between Tanzania and the donor community deteriorated during the early 1990s. A high-level group of experts, appointed to investigate the problems, proposed ways to put the relationship back on track. Seven years later, a radical change of rules has brought the two sides back together. An independent monitoring mechanism now helps to hold the partners to account, recommending regular improvements based on impartial and transparent assessments. The group’s findings are widely...
    Other collections 2003
  • More than a decade after the 1994 genocide, Rwandan government ministries struggled to implement long-term plans or even meet mid-term targets. A skills shortage hindered projects at the district and local levels. In 2008, Charles Karake and Stella Mugabo, senior officials at the Human Resources and Institutional Development Agency, a government organization charged with improving national capacity, experimented with a management practice known as the Rapid Results Approach to enhance...
    Princeton Innovations for Successful Societies 2012
  • 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—...
    Princeton Innovations for Successful Societies 2012
  • In 1999, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) intervened to end a brutal war between the Kosovo Liberation Army on one side and the Yugoslav Army and Serb police on the other. After 78 days of air strikes over Kosovo and Serbia, Yugoslav forces officially disengaged from Kosovo on 20 June. The departure created a policing vacuum in a society that had deep ethnic divisions.  Kosovo’s Albanians attacked residents of Serb descent in retaliation for earlier ethnic...
    Princeton Innovations for Successful Societies 2012
  • In 2007, SNV changed its strategy to increase impact through seven core elements. One of these is defining clients as part of an Actor Constellation, and helping to strengthen micro-macro linkages to accelerate impact on poverty and governance. This has resulted in the development of Actor Constellation Maps for each thematic area (tourism, education, health, and so on). Within the context of this shift in our approach, SNV Ghana moved away from single client engagement to multi-stakeholder...
    SNV Case story collection 2007
  • Experiences from Mongolia and Morocco demonstrate the importance of backing breakthrough institutions in microfinance that can become industry leaders and engage in healthy competition in the market, while maintaining a focus on the overarching goal: reaching out to poor clients. Past lessons indicate that while funders can invest and structure their assistance wisely, they do not create successful microfinance; managers with the vision to establish sustainable institutions do. Moreover,...
    UNDP Ownership Leadership and Transformation 2003
  • Citizens grading government agencies for performance and publishing the results in the mass media: this is the essence of the report card methodology initiated by the Public Affairs Centre in Bangalore. The centre conducts client satisfaction surveys among lower income groups, assessing their approval of public service providers such as electricity and water supply departments. The findings are publicly shared as report cards, setting new standards of public ...
    UNDP Ownership Leadership and Transformation 2003
  • Between 2008-2009, UNDP supported KIA to run a series of one week courses in Peace Building and Conflict Management. The objective was to train administrative officers and to prepare them to subsequently train staff and community members. The resounding result was that 737 officers were trained in 27 sessions. The Story of the Peace Building and Conflict Management Course at the Kenya Institute of Administration (KIA) can be traced back to 2007, when a Kenyan delegation comprising of senior...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • The study sought to examine capacity-building experiences from four post-conflict African countries: Uganda, Rwanda, Mozambique and Sierra Leone. Liberia was dropped because of logistical problems. The main objective of the study was to draw conclusions and present recommendations that would provide a guide to policies, strategies and instruments for post-conflict capacity-building initiatives by the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF). In addition, the study aimed at contributing to an...
    Other collections 2003
  • The South-East Europe Education Cooperation Network (SEE-ECN) is a broadbased, low-cost regional project. It supports the exchange of information, ideas, and know-how for the reform and improvement of education in 11 countries. The network began with a sense of urgency over the need to enhance education standards, and took off through strategic kick-starting from external finance. As a virtual meeting place, it has brought people together and mobilized capacities across the region, stimulating...
    UNDP Ownership Leadership and Transformation 2003
  • Autrefois, les populations au Burkina Faso étaient peu impliquées dans le développement de leur communauté. Aujourd’hui, ce sont elles qui décident des priorités et des investissements nécessaires. À la base de ce changement, il y a les plans communaux de développement. Les populations doivent pouvoir participer aux décisions les concernant. En jouant un rôle actif, elles se rendent compte qu’elles peuvent influencer leur vie et participent ainsi directement aux activités de...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • When Tarun Gogoi was elected chief minister of the Indian state of Assam in 2001, the government's finances were in shambles, key public enterprises were on the verge of collapse, and two decades of violence between insurgents and the police and armed forces had created deep insecurity among the citizenry.  The main insurgent group, the United Liberation Front of Asom, continued to threaten the state's ability to govern the countryside.  Faced with poverty and insurgency, with...
    Princeton Innovations for Successful Societies 2009
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