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  • High results and recognition of UNDP Montenegro as one of the most important role players in the judicial reform field have been shown through a continued donor funding and international reports (e.g. EC Progress Reports 2008, 2009). UNDP has been involved in the reform of judiciary in Montenegro since 2004, when the UNDP relevant unit was established in the Ministry of Justice. The Montenegrin judiciary was then at the very beginning of the legislative reform and there was a need to develop...
  • 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...
  • Between 2008-2009, UNDP supported KIA to run a series of one week courses in Peace Building and Conflict Management. The objective was to train administrative officers and to prepare them to subsequently train staff and community members. The resounding result was that 737 officers were trained in 27 sessions. The Story of the Peace Building and Conflict Management Course at the Kenya Institute of Administration (KIA) can be traced back to 2007, when a Kenyan delegation comprising of senior...
  • 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 People First Network, or PFnet, is an initiative providing email access through innovative, low-cost technology. Remote locations across the Solomon Islands connect to the Internet using a simple computer, short-wave radio and solar power. The network helps communities keep in touch, participate in governance, find educational opportunities and generate new sources of income. This case illustrates how IT innovations can build on available local resources, making technology work for less...
  • Landmines affect over 1.3 million people in Sudan. For this reason, UNDP has been on the ground building the capacity of demining authorities since 2004. Its work not only focuses on activities in the minefield, it also covers legislation, policy, strategy, and human resource development. In places contaminated by landmines, simple tasks like fetching water can be deadly. Sudan is one of those places. Though the true extent of the problem remains unknown, it is estimated that up to 19 of the...
  • 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...
  • The Malawi Government elaborated the Malawi Development Assistance Strategy (DAS) The Strategy specifies structures within government and Development Partners to coordinate development assistance. Emphasis is placed in monitoring targets and indicators of national growth and development strategies. The DAS calls for result based management a key principle to development effectiveness. Capacity Development a dynamic process, it refers to the ability of people, institutions and societies to...
  • RedEAmérica es una iniciativa privada que promueve el desarrollo de base para reducir la pobreza y la inequidad en Latinoamérica, a través del fortalecimiento de capacidades colectivas de organizaciones de escasos recursos y la creación de vínculos entre organizaciones y con otros actores. En el año 2002 se creó RedEAmérica, una red temática conformada por fundaciones, empresas, institutos y asociaciones de origen empresarial para promover el desarrollo de base, entendido como el...
  • 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...
  • During India’s 2009 election, there were not enough uniformed personnel to guard every one of the country’s 828,000 polling places or to keep the peace during the campaign period. The Election Commission of India introduced “vulnerability mapping” to help election officials decide where to deploy the police and paramilitary personnel ahead of polling day. The state of West Bengal piloted the new tactic. Intense political competition and a Maoist insurgency...
  • The decade long recession experienced in Zimbabwe since the start of the unplanned land reform programme led to economic decline that decimated the manufacturing sector. This resulted in the disappearance of inputs in the shops, especially in remote rural areas. Since 2007, development partners in Zimbabwe agreed that access to affordable inputs was crucial to the revival of agriculture in Zimbabwe, ravaged by years of economic decline. A farmer with adequate inputs achieves a minimum 1.3 ton/...
  • Knowledge exchange—the sharing of information and experiences for customized learning—helps to lessen the knowledge divide, build consensus and coalitions for reform, and promote the concept of Open Development. In other words, knowledge exchange meets immediate, operational knowledge gaps by fostering the sharing of countries’ experiences. South-South knowledge exchange encourages cross-country partnerships that can help strengthen local ownership and leadership of...
  • Between 1998 and 2003, Rajeev Chawla, the joint secretary of the Revenue Department in India's Karnataka state, led a drive to computerize the state's land records.  Before computerization, farmers were at the mercy of local village accountants, who often charged informal fees in exchange for land records, which they issued slowly nonetheless. Chawla, benefiting from strong state-levelpolitical support and national funding, replaced the manual system with a digital one, speeding up...
  • UNDP supported Al-Madinah municipality to establish an urban observatory network that proved instrumental in anchoring development planning at the provincial level around quantitative and qualitative urban indicators covering all sectors of the economy. For Saudi Arabia, as for the rest of the Islamic world, Al-Madinah is the second holiest city after Makkah. The significance of the city stems from the fact that it was the first capital in the history of Islam; it was founded over 14 centuries...
  • 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...
  • High-quality leadership development should be affordable and accessible to all people around the globe. Through our Leadership Beyond Boundaries (LBB) initiatives in Africa, the Center for Creative Leadership is putting leadership tools and models into the hands and hearts of grassroots leaders and local governments in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia. The Story:The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) works with some 20,000 people – primarily corporate leaders from large organizations - each year...
  • President Suharto of Indonesia (1967-1998) presided over one of the most corrupt regimes of the 20th century.  For over three decades, the political and financial interests of Suharto's family, cronies and allies in the military dictated the policies of the Indonesian state.  Nevertheless, a handful of public officials attempted to rationalize, improve and clean up the way government worked.  Emil Salim and Sarwono Kusumaatmadja, both cabinet ministers under Suharto, were two...
  • The Government of Southern Sudan’s Ministry of Rural Water Supply and Sanitation aims to improve access to water supply and sanitation services for approximately eight million people living in rural areas. To achieve this, development and implementation of a comprehensive operations and maintenance system for water sources is essential. In order to set up a sound operations and maintenance system, reliable data on the functionality of water points is critical. Unfortunately baseline data...
  • 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...