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  • Gender-based violence (GBV) means physical, sexual, emotional or psychological violence carried out against a person because of that person’s gender. Spousal violence is usually gender-based and is carried out by a spouse. While GBV is generally by a male on a female, it may also be female on male. A study by UNAIDS in 2011 highlighted that at least 60% of women in Africa have experienced physical and sexual violence from their most recent spouse or live-in partner. GBV has a number of...
  • 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...
  • When Momo Rogers became director general of Liberia’s Cabinet Secretariat in June 2009, he thought the office could begin to support President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her team of ministers much more effectively than it had done previously. Cabinet offices generally aimed to improve the quality of decision making and coordination at the center of government. That function was especially important in Liberia, where President Sirleaf wanted to advance an ambitious development agenda—...
  • Rice is the staple food in Lao PDR, and rice is produced in almost all the agro-ecological regions of the country. Lao PDR‘s diverse ethnic groups, wide variety of environments and long history of rice production have blessed it with the second largest stock of rice varieties in the world. While glutinous rice (also known as sticky rice in English or khao niao in Lao) is very popular, ordinary rice, black rice and other specialty varieties are produced for personal consumption and as a...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 and the Ministry of Finance developed the Development Assistance Co-ordination Unit project to establish a co-ordination unit in the Ministry of Finance. The underlying objective was to support the Government of Malawi to localise and implement the principles of the PD and the AAA. In 2008, with the support of the Aid Effectiveness Advisor, the Debt and Aid Division of the Malawi Ministry of Finance established an aid co-ordination unit. The Aid Advisor initiated and institutionalized all...
  • The distinguishing character of post-conflict states is the pervasive capacity needs that call for innovative solutions that meet short term needs, infusing skilled expertise, and support to the formulation of a long-term strategy while building the soft skills that foster dialogue and consensus-building. Liberia’s civil war resulted in enormous destruction: government buildings, schools, bridges, businesses, ministries, hospitals and homes. Similarly, key capacity building institutions...
  • Kenya went through trying period after 2007 polls that affected both individuals and organizations working within the community. Staff members whether from the “correct” or “wrong” tribe, went through personal tribulations. Each had their own ways of dealing with the conflict that was encouraged by a process called Appreciative Inquiry. Every five years Kenya goes through a general election. Historically this period poses insecurity and instability. Moreover, the 2007...
  • Subsequent to the enactment of Right to Information legislation in 2005, UNDP with Government of India initiated to build capacities of stakeholders at all levels. Piloted in selected districts across India, the initiative was later up scaled. Project built models and institutionalized mechanisms for capacity building for RTI. Government of India enacted the Right to Information legislation in 2005 and recognized access to information as a key development issue, because it has the potential to...
  • 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...
  • The project “Honor and Respect for Bel Air” aims to promote reduction of armed violence and urban rehabilitation in the neighborhood of Bel Air, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. It is led by the Brazilian NGO Viva Rio with the support of the Brazilian Embassy in Haiti, Canada, Norway and international organizations. The areas of intervention are diverse, including water supply, solid waste management and education. Activities are often associated with peace-keeping purposes, women empowerment...
  • En el año 2009, Bolivia presentó un alto número de casos de dengue hemorrágico en las zonas tropicales del país, por tal motivo declara en emergencia de salud pública a dicha zona y solicita apoyo internacional. Ecuador en los últimos años desarrolló capacidades técnicas para enfrentar y controlar el dengue, por lo que envió una misión de 10 expertos en el tema que tendría como objetivo controlar la epidemia de dengue. La iniciativa desarrollada se centró en: Vigilancia epidemiológica Control...
  • En Latinoamérica tradicionalmente la actividad forestal tuvo carácter extractivo y selectivo en las selvas, generando alta vulnerabilidad de los recursos forestales nativos con mayor valor comercial, tales como Cedrela lilloi y Cedrela balansae. En la Selva Tucumano-Boliviana, gran parte de sus poblaciones están sujetas a severos procesos de fragmentación y degradación, requiriendo de la cooperación técnica entre Argentina y Bolivia para evaluar el estado de conservación de estos recursos y...
  • CAADP focuses on improving food security, nutrition, and increasing incomes in Africa's largely farming based economies. It aims to do this by raising agricultural productivity by at least 6% per year and increasing public investment in agriculture to 10% of national budgets per year. CAADP is about bringing together diverse key players - at the continental, regional and national levels - to improve co-ordination, to share knowledge, successes and failures, to encourage one another, and to...
  • The Star Mountain Investment Holding Limited (SMIHL) is a Papua New Guinean (PNG) landowner holding company operating in Western Province, in the shadows of the huge Ok Tedi mine. From Dependency to Sustainability documents how the mine area community, with the help of experienced PNG facilitators, mobilized three generations of mine stakeholders and enhanced their capacity to support sustainable economic development in the years leading up to and beyond the closure of the mine. The initiative...
  • 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...
  • The state of capacity-building in Rwanda is an outcome of historical developments during the colonial and post-colonial periods, the genocide of 1994, and developments in the post-1994 period.  This report summarizes key study findings and presents them as lessons from experience and best practices from Rwanda. For the complete case story, please see the PDF file attached below.
  • 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...