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  • After three flawed national elections, the government of Nigeria faced strong pressure to reform its electoral commission before the 2011 vote. President Goodluck Jonathan appointed Attahiru Jega, a university vice chancellor with a civil society background, to chair the commission and lead reforms. With too little time to overhaul the commission, Jega brought in a small team of trusted advisers and drew upon a support network of civil society groups to extend the commission’s reach. To...
    Princeton Innovations for Successful Societies 2012
  • The Practitioner’s Guide to Strengthening Country PFM Systems outlines both ‘good’ and ‘bad’ practices in how donors support Capacity Development in Public Financial Management and outlines expectations from countries for donor support to their capacity development efforts in PFM. The guide is based on case study evidence (Mali, Rwanda, Lesotho, Nepal, Morocco) on different ways in which donors approach capacity development in PFM to strengthen a country’s...
    Other collections 2011
  • Four years ago, the county authorities of Kapoeta North did not have an office building, let alone a water and sanitation department. The local authority from the remote region of South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria state was literally operating from under a tree. At the time of its establishment, the county was one of the regions with the highest cases of the painful guinea worm parasite in the world. In addition, diseases such worms, scabies, eye infections and diarrhoea were still...
    SNV Case story collection 2010
  • With financial assistance from the Irish embassy and the embassy of the kingdom of The Netherlands, SNV supports since 2007 fruit marketing cooperatives in Southern Ethiopia. SNV strengthens the cooperatives through facilitating business to business arrangements, business planning and improved operational management, and access to critical services. Results of the support to two fruit cooperatives with a focus on respectively mango and highland fruits are described. Both cooperatives had...
    SNV Case story collection 2010
  • The project helped to develop the nationwide Government of Georgia Network (GGN), which offers a reliable e-network to connect remote agencies. GGN provides a swift and effective exchange of information between citizens and government organizations. “E-governance” was an exotic notion to most Georgians in 2006, when the Office of the State Minister on Reforms Coordination launched the nationwide Government of Georgia Network (GGN) initiative. The GGN offers a reliable network to...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • 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.
    South-South Opportunity 2010
  • The South-South Experience Exchange Trust Fund (SEETF) is a flexible funding mechanism to facilitate just-in-time knowledge and experience exchanges among development practitioners. The Facility is designed to respond to specific demands from low-income countries that want to learn from their counterparts in other developing countries.
    South-South Opportunity 2010
  • The Small Tourism Enterprise Program (STEP) was designed to provide assistance to small tourism enterprises and Hotels to enhance their competitiveness. STEP provided training in product and services delivery, a mechanism to embrace international standards, and avenues for cost-effective marketing. STEP was first initiated in the Caribbean and replicated in Central and South America. The program’s success can be accredited to participatory engagement by the Government and private sector...
    South-South Opportunity 2010
  • 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...
    SNV Case story collection 2010
  • Case study describes creation of better business environment through regulatory reform. Based on participation platform, we coordinated public and private sector stakeholders, resulting in elimination of business regulations that impeded progress. Government commitment and transformational leadership lead to shifts in public administration mindset and strengthening of private sector. In 2006, Croatia faced bleak economic prospects due to unfavorable regulatory framework that impeded...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • In 2006, Saidi Mwema, Tanzania's newly appointed Inspector General of Police, launched a long-term reform program that sought to address the rising incidence of crime, the negative public perception of the police, and the lack of police personnel and resources.  The police service suffered from decades of financial neglect and a poor reputation.  Its initial mandate emphasized regime policing, which oriented the police toward maintaining law and order for the protection of the...
    Princeton Innovations for Successful Societies 2009
  • The national budget of the Government of Rwanda (GoR) is highly dependent on external funding or aid, from donors and other sources. In 2007 the net Official Development Assistance (ODA)1 was USD 713 million. Following the aftermath of the 1994 civil war and genocide, the government looked towards its multilateral partners for support in developing a system to more effectively manage and coordinate aid. The UN were perceived as an appropriate trusted, neutral partner for (i) the provision of...
    UNDP Capacity is Development: Stories of Institutions 2010
  • Se propuso fortalecer capacidades de instituciones responsables del proceso de recuperación, facilitando la articulación de actores e iniciativas. Se brindó asistencia técnica promoviendo dinámicas de coordinación, sensibilización y capacitación; y enfoques de riesgo y género en instrumentos de decisión. Esta experiencia se desarrolla en las provincias de Ica, Pisco, Chincha y Cañete impactadas por el sismo de 7.9° (ML), ocurrido el 15 de agosto del 2007. La región posee una significativa...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • The case story describes UNDP Myanmar’s experience of working with more than 5000 self reliance groups and how the investments in capacity development complemented by livelihood support have influenced the lives of more than 50,000 women. The concept of Self Reliance Group (SRG) was introduced in 1998 based on the Indian NGO Myrada model of Self Help Groups. Currently there are more than 5,000 SRGs in Myanmar facilitated by UNDP through its projects. The objective of working through the...
    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
  • The Organizational Self-Assessment and Transformation Program represents a fundamental departure from top-down, expatriate-driven capacity building. Empowering Iraqi Government officials with the tools and knowledge to improve their skills, pursue excellence, and transform their organizations from within, it has achieved unprecedented success and expanded five-fold since inception. The Iraqi Minister of Oil has seen immense challenges these past years as his Ministry has struggled to reinvent...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • The Tsunami combined with the end of the 30-year conflict in 2005 had a significant impact on the Provincial Government. The theme of the recovery was to build back better, however the challenge has been to sustain the recovery in which the Government and international community invested over $6 billion. When the Tsunami hit Aceh in 2004, the Government of Indonesia (GoI) developed a strategy to rebuild back Aceh better than before the Tsunami. However, thirty years of conflict had severely...
    UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair 2010
  • ADB has adopted and improved on twinning as a development strategy for its Water Operators' Partnership (WOPs) Program. The WOPs program promotes knowledge sharing and builds the capacity of water operators and utilities in the Asia and the Pacific region. Among its key initiatives is the twinning of 20 water utilities and operators in Asia-Pacific region. Where most twinning arrangements pair off entities with similar characteristics on the assumption that they will share similar problems...
    South-South Opportunity 2010
  • The CDDE Facility was set up in response to the request from partner countries that more systematic and predictable support be provided to partner countries grappling with localization and implementation of PD and AAA principles and actions. The CDDE Facility aims to contribute to the three key results areas: Asia and the Pacific signatories will achieve the Paris Declaration targets by 2010 and the AAA actions by the time of the Fourth High Level Forum in 2011. Asia and the Pacific countries...
    South-South Opportunity 2010
  • From the time water and sanitation sector reforms started in Zambia in the late 1980s, NGOs and Civil Society Organisations had no defined space for their collective participation. As a result, their influence on policies and service delivery has been limited. Most NGOs have been focusing on implementing community projects with little collaboration with government institutions at national, provincial, district level and with other stakeholders. Similarly their interactions with communities have...
    SNV Case story collection 2011
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