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  • An important direction in development is raising a generation equipped with skills enabling it to prosper in the changing world. Peer education is the pedagogical tool, which unleashes hidden human potential and contributes to the overall growth of the personality. The story tells about success of implementing of this methodology. The central problem of the emerging democracies lies in raising a new type of a personality, able to make informed choices, knowing principles of the effective...
  • The Farmer Field School (FFS) approach is rapidly gaining popularity in Africa following the successful experiences in a number of countries. The approach provides an innovative and cutting-edge mean for development of local solutions to complex livelihood problems and to stimulate community empowerment. The Farmer Field School (FFS) approach was originally pioneered in Indonesia in the late 1980s and developed by FAO in partnership with national governments for introducing integrated pest...
  • Daga Shingdra Tshogpa (DST), formed in late 2005 was going through a crisis. The case describes the attempts in making DST a profitable rural based enterprise - the importance of awareness creation and capacity building of local bodies and the need for inclusion of good governance in a farmers’ group. Dagana district grows an abundance of fruits like oranges, passion fruits, guava, and pears. The Ministry of Agriculture, with support from UNDP has set up an Integrated Food Processing...
  • Through a seven-year capacity development support directed to the municipality as an organization, and to the Mayor (the leader of the organization), SNV Benin has significantly contributed to transform this little municipality of 100,000 inhabitants into a place where populations can now hope for a better future. The Story:If the municipality of Klouekanme is often cited as one of the most promising municipalities in Benin despite its poverty, it is certainly (at least partly) because of the...
  • SNV in partnership with Samburu Integrated Development Programme (SIDEP), Kenya Livestock Marketing Council (KLMC) and Samburu County Council (SCC) explored the potentials of interior (primary) markets as a business model to address these challenges. Interior livestock markets are business arrangements that bring producers, traders, local councils, Community representatives and business services providers together in a trade arrangement that addresses the challenges highlighted above. These...
  • Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and poverty reduction objectives of developing countries requires a substantially greater investment in capacity development. This translates into action at three levels: improving the skills of individuals, developing organizational processes and systems, and creating an enabling environment that can support the achievement of these goals. The process of planning and implementing strategies for strengthening capacity can seem overwhelming for...
  • The National Action Committee Western Cape (NACWC) case was unique in a number of respects. It came at a time of rapid institutional and organizational change in South Africa as the country moved into the post-Apartheid s period. It was an effort by groups in the non-profit sector to introduce a ‘new institutional form’ that would be aimed at reforming the public sector from the outside. And despite many advantages, the experiment ended up with outcomes that none could have foreseen...
  • 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...
  • After about five years of learning by doing, mobilizing internal political coalitions, reforming and streamlining government structures, accumulating and nurturing a critical mass of technocrats in key civil service positions, the government of Uganda gradually institutionalized policy management in general and capacity building in particular. This report presents lessons of experience and best practices distilled from this latter period.
  • In the aftermath of a brutal war, a Cambodian government programme for decentralizing governance is resurrecting local capacities to manage development funds, while respecting the rule of law, human rights, environmental concerns and so on. Called Seila, the programme has also created a system for funnelling resources from central to local government bodies. The Seila experience features many potential lessons for countries emerging from conflict, proving that if donors and reconstruction...
  • Water use conflicts have been common in the Ewaso Ng’iro North Catchment Area (ENNCA). The competing uses for water resources in the area has in the past generated conflicts between upstream and downstream users, because heavy abstraction from upstream users meant that the lower stream users did not have access to water at all especially during the dry spells. Livestock owners down stream in search of water, responded by herding their livestock in the higher reaches of the river, damaging...
  • 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...
  • A savings- and literacy-led capacity-building alternative to traditional microfinance, groups of women are united to support each other as they save and learn together, become successful businesswomen, ending poverty and creating better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities. Begun with 125,000 very poor women in rural Nepal, WORTH uses an empowering self-instructional capacity building approach that enables women to become literate, learn to create their own village banks...
  • 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...
  • The JTC illustrates best practice in institutional development for judicial reform in post-crisis situations. The evidence generated and lessons learned during its establishment have been synthesized into an interactive Handbook illustrating how the CD approach can be applied to institutionalize judicial training systems as a key element of judicial reform. Background: In the 1990s, public institutions in Serbia were in a weak state due to politicization, centralization, economic collapse and...
  • CDI transforms lives and strengthens low-income communities by empowering people with information and communication technology and a unique social educative model that fosters community organization. Our 800+ schools in eight countries (1.25+ million graduates), use technology as a medium to fight poverty, stimulate entrepreneurship; creating a generation of changemakers. CDI works throughout Latin America and now the MENA region to end the digital apartheid that exists in underdeveloped...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The Puente in the Caribbean is a horizontal cooperation initiative which seeks to strengthen social protection strategies in CARICOM countries, by transferring the knowledge and lessons learned on the Chile Puente Program through capacity building activities. It was launched in June 2007 as a pilot program, involving Jamaica, St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago and is in its second phase with four additional countries. It is financed by CIDA and the Government of Chile.
  • A small NGO, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS), led an initiative to challenge local government functionaries on disbursements of drought relief funds, and ended up carrying out one of the most energetic civil society campaigns in recent Indian history. It began with researchers sifting for information on projected disbursements as they appeared in government records. These were then corroborated by asking labourers and villagers how much they had actually received, or whether construction...