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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • In order for regulatory business environment reform to be effective and improve the situation of female entrepreneurs, it does not only need sound policy but requires institutions that are capable of carrying out reforms and a social system willing to accept change. In end-2009, I led a cooperative research between UNIDO, ILO, the Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and the Vietnamese government that looked at the impact and relevance of reforms of the regulatory business...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The integration of Human Development Index (HDI) into provincial development planning was initiated in Gorontalo province. The statistics was not only used to understand the situation, but also for development planning. With a complete portrait of quality of human development at hands, the government integrated the HDI into development budget. As UNDP, we often say that human development is the "what" of our mandate, and that the capacity is the "how". To elaborate the...
  • In 2004, as part of a pilot initiative on decentralized service delivery in the 4 poorest regions in Ethiopia, 34 illiterate villagers were trained to build, install, and maintain solar photo-voltaic PV systems bringing electricity for the first time to remote villages. The sun was just beginning to dip below the horizon, coloring the azure sky with brilliant pink and orange hues. Ahadi Ahmed realized that she had to pick up the pace. Gingerly perched on top of the thatched roof of her neighbor...
  • 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...
  • Los pobres estan condenados a ser últimos en la cadena de la industria, pagando hasta cinco veces más por la presencia de intermediarios en la cadena de distribución, siendo un problema para desarrollar capacidades de comerciantes pobres que pagan mas costoso, cerrando oportunidades para ahorro, desarrollo y progreso. Colombian Peace nace como idea en el año 2005 luego de los procesos de paz del gobierno, con un sentido muy práctico de ofrecer nuevas “oportunidades” a los...
  • El Programa busca contribuir a ampliar y consolidar los sistemas de transmisión, generación y aplicación del conocimiento científico y tecnológico, favoreciendo la formación de recursos humanos en temas prioritarios para el desarrollo regional, así como el estudio de las problemáticas más apremiantes. El programa se desarrollará por invitación a académicos mexicanos y centroamericanos que tienen ya una relación de colaboración a través de proyectos de cooperación académica en áreas prioritarias...
  • El Proyecto GPdNH es una contribución al fortalecimiento de las capacidades del gobierno haitiano para cuantificar, analizar y tomar decisiones sobre la inversión social destinada a la niñez en Haití. Específicamente, el proyecto pretende estimar los recursos públicos invertidos para el desarrollo de los niños, niñas y adolescentes de dicho país, a partir de la metodología desarrollada por la DAGPyPS y UNICEF en la Argentina.
  • The RCB Project is a 5 year donor funded development intervention which has its genesis in South- South collaboration and is based participatory approaches and innovative methodologies. The project is funded to an amount of USD 10.5m by the CIDA. Palama established effective partnerships based on mutual respect and cooperation with 3 partner Management Development Institutes (MDIs) and the donor, CIDA. This is a South South multi-country project involving the donor through trilateral...
  • 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...
  • The APRM is a mutually agreed instrument voluntarily acceded to by the Member States of the African Union (AU) as an African self-monitoring mechanism. The APRM is a bold, unique and innovative approach designed and implemented by Africans for political and corporate accountability. Participation in the APRM is open to all member states of the African Union and it is of general consensus among African countries that peer pressure in objective manner generates positive outcomes.
  • What causes a water utility in Uganda to reverse course dramatically, from the brink of extinction to financial viability within less than a year? Experts typically maintain that deep organizational changes require a long-term approach to developing staff and organizational capacity—that capacity growth is unlikely to be compatible with short-term efforts. That is mostly true, but sometimes passionate and committed leadership can turn things around in a remarkably short time and make...
  • 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 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...
  • 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...