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  • The preparation of PRSPs offers interesting experiences in civic engagement in policy-making. While participatory policy formulation is highly desirable, its design has proven hard to fashion and continues to be dogged by flaws related to quality and depth, conditionality and ownership of the change process. The preparation of Ethiopia’s recent PRSP demonstrated all of these issues. While it built on lessons learned from earlier papers to attempt more genuine participation, large capacity...
    UNDP Ownership Leadership and Transformation 2003
  • When Mohamed Abdel Salam El-Mahgoub became governor of Alexandria in 1997, he took charge of a storied Egyptian city on the verge of collapse. Garbage and trash lined streets that were clogged with traffic. Roads, highways, water and sanitation systems required urgent repair. Corrupt municipal employees exacted costly bribes for business licenses and building permits. The city’s economy had slowed, as investors, put off by the city’s fading infrastructure and...
    Princeton Innovations for Successful Societies 2012
  • During India’s 2009 election, there were not enough uniformed personnel to guard every one of the country’s 828,000 polling places or to keep the peace during the campaign period. The Election Commission of India introduced “vulnerability mapping” to help election officials decide where to deploy the police and paramilitary personnel ahead of polling day. The state of West Bengal piloted the new tactic. Intense political competition and a Maoist insurgency...
    Princeton Innovations for Successful Societies 2011
  • The decade long recession experienced in Zimbabwe since the start of the unplanned land reform programme led to economic decline that decimated the manufacturing sector. This resulted in the disappearance of inputs in the shops, especially in remote rural areas. Since 2007, development partners in Zimbabwe agreed that access to affordable inputs was crucial to the revival of agriculture in Zimbabwe, ravaged by years of economic decline. A farmer with adequate inputs achieves a minimum 1.3 ton/...
    SNV Case story collection 2011
  • During the past decade, the World Aquarium’s Conservation for the Oceans Foundation (CFTO), has convened multistakeholder groups worldwide to find solutions to environmental and economic sustainability issues. CFTO supports these activities with up to a $2,500 grant, which is matched by other local organizations, enabling activity continuation. India: Establishment of Ramsar Sites and Sustainable Aquaculture Workshops – 2009 & 2010 The state of Kerala is the home to one of the...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • 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...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • 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...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • 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...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • UNDP and the Ministry of Finance developed the Development Assistance Co-ordination Unit project to establish a co-ordination unit in the Ministry of Finance. The underlying objective was to support the Government of Malawi to localise and implement the principles of the PD and the AAA. In 2008, with the support of the Aid Effectiveness Advisor, the Debt and Aid Division of the Malawi Ministry of Finance established an aid co-ordination unit. The Aid Advisor initiated and institutionalized all...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • The distinguishing character of post-conflict states is the pervasive capacity needs that call for innovative solutions that meet short term needs, infusing skilled expertise, and support to the formulation of a long-term strategy while building the soft skills that foster dialogue and consensus-building. Liberia’s civil war resulted in enormous destruction: government buildings, schools, bridges, businesses, ministries, hospitals and homes. Similarly, key capacity building institutions...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • SNV partnering with local actors within the livestock sector has facilitated the establishment of commercial partnerships between pastoralist communities and County councils. These partnerships have reduced inefficiencies along the value chain leading to the reconfiguration of the profits margins in favour of the Pastoralist producer groups. In Kenya, the livestock sub-sector accounts for approximately 10% of National GDP and 30% of agricultural GDP. It employs about 90% of the ASAL workforce....
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • UNDP-Government of India collaboration piloted an initiative in select villages for strengthening local governance. It built capacities of villagers and elected representatives through independent animators,State and non-State actors. Informed participation in local governance increased leading to village micro plans. Learnings were incorporated in future programmes and policy. In 1993-94, India amended its Constitution to introduce a third tier of governments (apart from national and state...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • In a post-humanitarian disaster situation timely and accurate information, in forms that can be used for decision making by various stakeholders, builds capacities to mount an efficient, appropriate and equitable response. The information exchange and communication strategy following the 2004 tsunami provides countries a model in disaster response. The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami brought devastation to costal communities in Southern Indian states. Nagapattinam, in Tamil Nadu state was the worst...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • Convened by the South African NGO Coalition (SANGOCO), the War on Poverty Forum collected numerous anti-poverty programmes around a common agenda: holding public hearings to solicit a wide range of perspectives from ordinary citizens on key policy issues such as health, the environment and housing. A large number of the responses called for redressing grievances, for which separate mechanisms were established. This voice mechanism proved capable of culling a rich and informative body of public...
    UNDP Ownership Leadership and Transformation 2003
  • Project implementation often suffers from poor collaboration between the main actors – the recipient organization, project staff and the donor. A team-based approach to project management, where different stakeholders collectively share responsibility, may heighten the chance for success by creating a forum for ongoing capacity development, collective monitoring and a matching of expectations, in accordance with locally perceived priorities. Such an approach was tried in Laos as part of...
    UNDP Ownership Leadership and Transformation 2003
  • Mozambique’s first multiparty presidential and parliamentary elections in October 1994 followed 16 years of civil war. Because neither side had won the conflict, the stakes of the contest were high. Mutual distrust characterized the run-up to the vote. A new electoral law in early 1994 created a multiparty election commission that forced the parties to work together on overcoming the many operational challenges of running elections in a sprawling country severely damaged by...
    Princeton Innovations for Successful Societies 2010
  • UNDP launched community telecenters aiming: Enhance use of ICT in social and economic development Contribute to bridging digital disparity between cities and rural areas generate job opportunities Assist small sized communities to use technologies and empower women Participate actively in communities’ social and economic activities. Under this project, 44 community telecentres were established in most rural,remote and deprived areas within Syrian governorates. These centers offer...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • A knowledge sharing initiative was launched in 2008 to collate and apply lessons from India’s successful experience in developing its dairy sector to support more rapid growth of Tanzania’s and Uganda’s dairy industries. Participants in the exchange were exposed to a range of new strategies for increasing milk and dairy product consumption and improving marketing and production practices. The improved understanding and subsequent adoption and adaptation of these key strategies...
    South-South Opportunity 2010
  • 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.
    Other collections 2003
  • Machulishchi is a small town near Minsk with population of some 8 thousands people. Lack of opportunities to be engaged in some activities led to increased law offences, and different kinds of addiction among teenagers. Capacity building of local activists helped to unify community in addressing this problem. "Podsnezhnik" (Snowflower), local Charitable Public Association committed to prevent drug-addiction and HIV/AIDS among youth, decided to gain community support for its objective...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair
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