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  • In 2009, as part of the CDF’s attempts to improve the capacity development support to central and municipal level, in cooperation with the Ministry of Local Government Administration, we undertook the assessment of municipal capacities to fulfil their mandate, pertinent to own and delegated competencies, as part of decentralisation. Despite the vast financial and human resources invested in Kosovo, progress in developing national capacities and strengthening public institutions has been...
  • In 2004, a shift occurred at 11 schools in urban Jamaica; they were introduced to the Balanced Scorecard—a strategic planning tool usually used by corporations. Through participatory planning processes and strategy implementation, they experienced new, breakthrough results. This study focuses on the successes of one dynamic public girls’ school. Through the initiative of a small facilitation firm, Growth Facilitators, in Kingston, Jamaica, 11 public and private schools were...
  • The Cserehat Programme has helped to develop capacities of disadvantaged Roma communities living on the border between Hungary and Slovakia to take an active role in local development. It also helped to develop the capacities of local and national authorities to address complex development challenges related to social exclusion. The Cserehat Area Based Development Programme was launched by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor in Hungary together with UNDP in 2005, and has a programme budget...
  • How community of small villages handled, with minimum support, the solar electrification workshop and installation process, the post-installation management and the benefit community gained. Benishangul Gumuz people’s national Regional State was established in 1994 according to new constitution of Ethiopia, which created federal system of government. The newly reorganized federal system of governance, ethno-linguistic based, gave profound opportunity to citizen, particularly minority, to...
  • NCP development is an example of how local strategies can be strengthened from national structures without imposing concepts. Provincial strategies based on local concepts including socio cultural factors against homophobia and discrimination of people living with AIDS (PLWA) were reinforced systematically and continuously by NCP during a 12-year period. Since the onset of the HIV/aids epidemic in Cuba, the government gave strong emphasis to the research and control of the illness. A careful...
  • Somos una cooperativa que recupera residuos sólidos urbanos, fomenta el reciclaje y ahorro de recursos. En plena crisis económica-política nacional, quedamos excluidos del sistema y debimos revolver la basura para poder comer. Decidimos organizarnos como cooperativa y trabajar todos juntos para superar la crisis. En 1989 nueve mujeres sin techo que revolvíamos basura en la calle nos juntamos para conseguir pastillas anticonceptivas. Todas comíamos de las bolsas de basura para sobrevivir, y...
  • For many years, donor approaches have typically relied on technical assistance and training of project staff to perform specific tasks. Since the early 1990s, donors and multilateral lenders haveincreasingly sought to affect the   broader context and institutional environment within which individuals and organizations operate, rather than focus exclusively on training specific staff within selected organizations. This is premised on a new and broader approach to capacity development,...
  • Attention to process is key to capacity enhancement. The Brazilian state of Ceará, with the assistance of the World Bank, applied the “accelerating results together” (ART) methodology to develop and implement poverty reduction plans using cross-functional and cross-organizational teams. In this case, three teams jointly led by state secretaries and Bank leaders focused on reducing infant mortality rates, improving primary education, and maximizing income opportunities for the poor....
  • 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...
  • Although Bangalore had long been considered one of India's premier metropolitan areas, government agencies largely failed to respond to the city's rapid growth during the information technology boom of the 1990s.  During that period, essential public services such as electricity, water and garbage collection fell into disarray, while property-tax revenue stagnated.  Upset by collapsing public infrastructure, civil society groups began to demand broad reform of Bangalore's...
  • 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...
  • Vietnam‘s mountainous northern provinces are among the poorest areas of the country – they include the three poorest provinces and three others that are ranked 5th, 7th and 8th poorest. These remote and often inaccessible areas are mainly populated by marginalised ethnic communities dependent upon farming with few off-farm employment opportunities. Low levels of education further conspire to create a challenging environment for poverty alleviation. Against this background, and...
  • El proyecto AméricaLatinaGenera trabaja en la vinculación del enfoque de género con el de gestión de riesgos en América Latina desde 2006 con dos estrategias fundamentales, la gestión del conocimiento y el desarrollo de capacidades. Los riesgos también se construyen socialmente. El incremento del número de desastres asociados a eventos naturales y de sus fatales consecuencias, ha puesto de manifiesto la evidente relación que existe entre desarrollo humano, la vulnerabilidad diferenciada de la...
  • The goal of the Project was to improve the capacity of Local Self Governments bodies in fiscal decentralization and to ensure the accountability and transparency of public expenditure management. The Project aimed at the introduction of Performance Budgeting mechanism into planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation processes at the community level. In Armenia, local governments are responsible for forming and managing their own local budgets. In an environment where local government is...
  • Problems facing Tonga’s health care system intensified in the 1990s leading eventually to a decision by the government to address the ”core problem” - the Ministry of Health’s planning, management, and coordination capacity. This case explores how attempts to enhance MoH’s organizational capacity, and improve its organizational culture, were aided by: consistent and strategic leadership and political support, participatory approaches, a clear sense of the capacity...
  • 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...
  • Beginning in the late 1980s, Rio de Janeiro suffered increasing urban violence as the drug trade moved south from the Caribbean.  The favelas, shantytowns and slums on the hillsides surrounding Brazil's second-largest city, saw a rise in both inter-gang violence and clashes between police and drug traffickers.  Innocent bystanders often died in the crossfire.  In 2007, working with the support of the governor, the state's secretary for public security, José Mariano...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • This study explores the growth of capacity in IUCN in Asia over the period from its inception in 1995 to early 2005, with the aim of broadly assessing how capacity was built, maintained and strengthened over that period. This regional component of IUCN-the World Conservation Union employs 445 staff members who work in partnership with 136 governmental and non-governmental members to focus on the conservation and rehabilitation of landscapes, ecosystems, habitats and species in Asia. In the...