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  • A nationwide survey conducted in Niger in April 2010 on rural and urban household vulnerability to food insecurity revealed that the most affected zones and the people most in need of aid are located in the regions of Maradi (29.3%), Tahoua (24.5%) and Tillabéry (24%). The most dire circumstances are in the Department of Illéla, in particular, in a number of villages in the Badaguichiri zone (all in the Tahoua region). This situation has been harmful to local operations, especially in the...
  • El Gabinete Social de la Presidencia es la instancia coordinadora de las políticas y programas sociales. Operativizar esta tarea requería una estructura mínima y adecuada al desafío. PNUD brindó asistencia técnica para diseñarla y acompañar el proceso de instalación de la misma. El Gabinete Social está constituido institucionalmente por 23 Instituciones estatales, cuyas prioridades corresponden a diversos ejes de la problemática social: salud, vivienda, educación, etc. La situación de...
  • High results and recognition of UNDP Montenegro as one of the most important role players in the judicial reform field have been shown through a continued donor funding and international reports (e.g. EC Progress Reports 2008, 2009). UNDP has been involved in the reform of judiciary in Montenegro since 2004, when the UNDP relevant unit was established in the Ministry of Justice. The Montenegrin judiciary was then at the very beginning of the legislative reform and there was a need to develop...
  • The Malawi Government elaborated the Malawi Development Assistance Strategy (DAS) The Strategy specifies structures within government and Development Partners to coordinate development assistance. Emphasis is placed in monitoring targets and indicators of national growth and development strategies. The DAS calls for result based management a key principle to development effectiveness. Capacity Development a dynamic process, it refers to the ability of people, institutions and societies to...
  • 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...
  • The ongoing water sector reforms in Kenya focuses on transformation of publicly managed water service delivery institutions into socially responsible commercial entities. This case describes how Capacity Development services have been instrumental in improving social and commercial performance of water service providers in two small towns of Northern Kenya. Background for SNV’s Capacity Development services Unsustainable water service provision: Until 2002, water service delivery in Kenya...
  • Subsequent to the enactment of Right to Information legislation in 2005, UNDP with Government of India initiated to build capacities of stakeholders at all levels. Piloted in selected districts across India, the initiative was later up scaled. Project built models and institutionalized mechanisms for capacity building for RTI. Government of India enacted the Right to Information legislation in 2005 and recognized access to information as a key development issue, because it has the potential to...
  • Save the children USA through local NGO partners has implemented to empower women to enable them take new leadership. This case describes the success of the courageous, HIV positive women and how women are capable to take new roles of leadership. The greater and meaningful involvement of HIV-positive people has recently been adopted and promoted in Ethiopia. Though women are disproportionately infected and affected by HIV and the majority of members of PLHIV organizations are female, men are...
  • This project included three innovative tours where farmers learned from farmers and saw with their own eyes different cocoa management techniques, both in the field and at the administrative level. The monitoring and evaluation strategy included base line and end line surveys to assess the positive impacts of the tours. Ecuador is known for unique fine flavor cocoa that is principally grown by small-scale poor farmers. Cocoa is a native tree crop that provides important environmental services...
  • High-quality leadership development should be affordable and accessible to all people around the globe. Through our Leadership Beyond Boundaries (LBB) initiatives in Africa, the Center for Creative Leadership is putting leadership tools and models into the hands and hearts of grassroots leaders and local governments in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia. The Story:The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) works with some 20,000 people – primarily corporate leaders from large organizations - each year...
  • In preparation for Ecuador’s general elections in April and May 2009, the Organization of American States and the Mexican Electoral Federal Institute (IFE) signed an agreement to provide electoral cooperation to Ecuadorian electoral authorities. To support this initiative they combined efforts with the Electoral Tribunal of the Federal Judiciary of Mexico (TEPJF) by sending experts to Ecuador to collaborate with CNE Staff in electoral organization, communication, electoral training, and...
  • El Instituto de la Defensa Pública Penal es una institución autónoma del sistema de justicia de Guatemala. Su estructura organizativa funcional está orientada y va dirigida a la población de escasos recursos económicos, que buscan tener acceso a la justicia y que se vele por el respeto al debido proceso. Asimismo se da atención a mujeres, niñas y adolescentes víctima de violencia en todas sus formas, cumpliendo nuestra misión, mediante asesoría y asistencia jurídica gratuita.
  • The Star Mountain Investment Holding Limited (SMIHL) is a Papua New Guinean (PNG) landowner holding company operating in Western Province, in the shadows of the huge Ok Tedi mine. From Dependency to Sustainability documents how the mine area community, with the help of experienced PNG facilitators, mobilized three generations of mine stakeholders and enhanced their capacity to support sustainable economic development in the years leading up to and beyond the closure of the mine. The initiative...
  • The process of preparing PRSPs has served as an opportunity for enhancing participation and civic engagement in national policy-making processes in many countries. In some cases, they have helped develop other capacities just by dint of their rigour and requirements. The PRSP for the Republic of Yemen is a case in point; preparation called for the government to upgrade its capabilities in a number of areas. In the process, it seeded a new, more inclusive culture of policy-making, and helped...
  • The Democracy Trust was conceived as a policy advocacy tool to encourage commitment to the PRSP process among political parties. By ensuring that political parties publicly back policies of development and poverty eradication, the trust has granted the Honduran population a mechanism to hold elected officials to their obligations, and to demand their right to improved and sustainable services. As well, commitments to development thus become state policies and no longer belong solely to the...
  • In 2006, Indonesian economist Sri Mulyani Indrawati took on a huge and knotty problem: bringing order and efficiency to the Indonesian Ministry of Finance, an organization of 64,000 employees. At the time, many Indonesian citizens viewed the ministry as corrupt and unaccountable, exemplifying the failures of the entire government. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had appointed Mulyani because of her reputation as a tough-minded reformer and a savvy manager. Mulyani ascribed the...
  • Cashew is an important crop in Mozambique. Up to independence Mozambique was world’s biggest exporter of cashew. Thereafter the sector went into a downturn and came to a total collapse due to erroneous macro policies (promotion of raw cashew export, as a result of which processing companies went bankrupt). It is only since a few years that the sector shows signs of recovery. Cashew has always been and continues to be a small but important cash income to the small farm households that...
  • Descentralización territorial y Participación Ciudadana, desafíos para un país de renta media caracterizado por 150 años de centralismo. El cambio exitoso de política institucional radica en el respeto y reconocimiento de las identidades locales. El Proyecto I pretendió contribuir con ello. Uruguay, país de ingreso medio con 3 millones de habitantes, se postuló para ser uno de los ocho países piloto en la experiencia “Unidos en la Acción” (2007-2010), el único de Latinoamérica. Esta...
  • The Ugandan Network on Sexuality Education Mainstreaming participated in a capacity building trajectory for evidence based Mainstreaming of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in their Education Programmes in Northern Uganda, facilitated by the World Population Foundation. Findings from the mid-term evaluation are promising. The HIV/AIDS epidemic and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) situation have negative consequences for (the educational performance of) young people, and...
  • 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...