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  • 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
  • Targeted Public Distribution System in India, which provides foodgrains to poorest section of society is infested by several loopholes leading to starvation and malnutrition. A breakthrough in the existing scenario was brought by introducing one time direct bulk distribution of foodgrains to the beneficiaries in 240 villages of Nasik District. It is estimated that one-third of the world's poor live in India with food security as one of their major concerns. Unfortunately this widespread...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • El Ecosistema Sabana Camagüey (ESC) - es una de las áreas más ricas en biodiversidad en el Caribe. Para enfrentar el reto del desarrollo turístico y proteger la biodiversidad en el ESC, se consideró la necesidad de otorgar prioridad al desarrollo de capacidades endógenas. El Ecosistema Sabana Camagüey (ESC) ocupa una franja de aproximadamente 465 km a lo largo de la costa norte de Cuba. Incluye cuencas hidrográficas (19 000 km2) y un archipiélago compuesto por más de 2500 cayos (3 400 km2). A...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • 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.
    South-South Opportunity 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
  • The People First Network, or PFnet, is an initiative providing email access through innovative, low-cost technology. Remote locations across the Solomon Islands connect to the Internet using a simple computer, short-wave radio and solar power. The network helps communities keep in touch, participate in governance, find educational opportunities and generate new sources of income. This case illustrates how IT innovations can build on available local resources, making technology work for less...
    UNDP Ownership Leadership and Transformation 2003
  • A poor community in northern Egypt mobilized itself to improve waste water processing. The Geziret El Sheir project succeeded in establishing a regular and fully functional system for waste water collection and disposal. As confidence grew in its own ability to bring about change, the community embarked on improvements in other aspects of environmental management. All along, local authorities offered vital contributions not only to the project, but also in replicating and upstreaming the...
    UNDP Ownership Leadership and Transformation 2003
  • The story showcases a systems thinking based capacity development initiative in road construction that successfully worked across different types of levels, a) different scales of human organisation: individual - team - organization – network – society, and b) geographic or administrative units: communities (micro) – districts (meso) – nation state (macro). It illustrates the importance of understanding the ‘multi-level’ nature of capacity for achieving local...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair
  • Between 1986 and 2008, direct tax revenue collected by Ghana’s Internal Revenue Service nearly doubled as a proportion of the country’s gross domestic product. This case study offers an account of organizational change within the IRS during that period. When the agency became autonomous from the rest of the Ghanaian civil service in 1986, its leaders recruited a large number of accountants and lawyers, raised salaries by 50%-100% and instituted a collective bonus system...
    Princeton Innovations for Successful Societies 2011
  • La construcción de un sistema de transporte masivo involucra retos institucionales, financieros, operativos e incluso culturales, por cuanto representa un elemento estructurador de la planeación urbana de la ciudad. En las ciudades con población numerosa, los sistemas de transporte masivo tipo BRT (Bus Rapid Transit), representan una solución óptima para el transporte de pasajeros debido a que tienen costos y tiempos de implementación relativamente moderados en comparación con otras...
    South-South Opportunity 2010
  • Proyecto iniciado en 2007 en el marco del Sistema Interamericano de Metrología (SIM). Objetivos: Fortalecer la cooperación regional Ampliar la capacidad técnica de los Institutos Nacionales de Metrología de Bolivia y Perú Contribuir a la eficiencia del mercado de gas natural y a la protección del consumidor Potenciar los servicios de referencia para asistir a consumidores, empresas de suministro de gas y autoridades reguladoras de Bolivia y Perú.
    South-South Opportunity 2010
  • A 1993 Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID)–funded study reported that water and sanitation problems in South Tarawa, Kiribati had become critical and needed to be addressed in “as comprehensive a manner as possible.” This led to a series of interventions including several Asian Development Bank (ADB)–sponsored projects which focused on the community participation component that the Government of Kiribati had come to recognize as key to sustainability...
    ADB Capacity Development in the Pacific 2008
  • Haiti has been ranked among the most corrupt nations for the past several years in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index.1 This fragile low-income country has a long history of political instability, poverty, and inequality. In 2005 the interim government of President Boniface Alexandre asked for the World Bank Institute’s support in Haiti’s efforts to address institutional vulnerabilities and improve governance. The government created a semi-autonomous...
    WBI Capacity Development Briefs 2007
  • By redirecting development assistance to local levels, capacity development can continue even amidst prolonged warfare and the collapse of a government. This was the case in Afghanistan in the 1990s, when external support could not be provided in the traditional manner through an established central authority. So UNDP began working with communities and supporting civil society organizations providing critical services. Staying engaged instead of disassociating from a...
    UNDP Ownership Leadership and Transformation 2003
  • UNDP supported Al-Madinah municipality to establish an urban observatory network that proved instrumental in anchoring development planning at the provincial level around quantitative and qualitative urban indicators covering all sectors of the economy. For Saudi Arabia, as for the rest of the Islamic world, Al-Madinah is the second holiest city after Makkah. The significance of the city stems from the fact that it was the first capital in the history of Islam; it was founded over 14 centuries...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • IUCN co-authored Pakistan's National Conservation Strategy (NCS) with the Government of Pakistan Known primarily as the author of the policy document, the National Conservation Strategy (NCS) which it co-authored with the Government of Pakistan, IUCN Pakistan took the initiative to put environment on the agenda of development bureaucrats. This 400-page document was prepared by a team of experts over a period of three years in 1992 involving more than 3000 people in training and consultation...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • 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...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • El encuentro de una niña o niño con su propio potencial y la trascendencia que dicho potencial tiene para los demás y para sí mismo constituye uno de los mayores acontecimientos de su vida y despierta en ellos enormes capacidades de superación y de adaptación. El Informe sobre Desarrollo Humano en Bolivia (PNUD-Julio/2006), menciona "que los niños no construyen sus capacidades ni adquieren derechos por sí solos, sino en el contexto de diversas formas familiares, comunitarias y estatales de...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • 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
  • During the period 2002-2006, the Rwanda Government implemented phase one of its Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP). Evaluation of the PRSP revealed that gender was not adequately taken into account during PRSP design and execution. As a result of these findings, phase two, known as the Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS) called for additional focus on gender and increased partnership with decentralized units. In response to these recommendations, the Activity...
    SNV Case story collection 2010
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