Request for comments

  1. In the lead-up to LenCD's Brussels General Assembly, we are inviting the operators of the principal web sites involved in sharing knowledge about capacity development, and anyone else who is interested,to suggest ideas for collaboration and coordination.  The session on "Connecting CD Platforms" aims to plan specific initiatives for developing links, rationalizing work and collaboration between platforms with focus on capacity development.  The time available to us in Brussels for this will be very short (only one hour), so we need to make some preparations and begin...
  2. The importance of strengthening institutional capacity to deliver sustainable results is widely recognised, especially in today’s climate of shrinking resources where achieving and demonstrating results, ensuring value for money, and improving efficiency are top priorities for development organisations. Institutions considered underperforming must evolve to meet these challenges, but institutional change is a difficult problem, and the best way for capacity development practitioners to support change may not always be clear. Please see the discussion paper Change Management for...
  3. The importance of building coalitions of groups working towards common goals is frequently recognised, but coalition-building is a fundamentally endogenous process and it is far from clear how external participants can help.  The literature discusses how coalitions work to support reform and change, but there is very little knowledge about how to build them. Most coalitions in the development literature are characterised as ‘reform’ coalitions – groups of actors which have come together to push a reform agenda, usually but not always in areas of governance and...
  4. Although there is agreement that CD is a complex process, monitoring and evaluation systems often focus on capturing relatively easy to measure results for accountability purposes.  A rigid focus on results can hinder and obstruct the CD process and be counterproductive in terms of development effectiveness, but ‘mixed approaches’ to M&E may offer the possibility of measuring both quantitative and qualitative results while also supporting learning. Key traps and debates in monitoring and evaluating capacity development include a lack of clarity about whether M&E is...
  5. The Effective Institutions Platform is one of eight initiatives that came out of the Busan High-Level Forum to take forward the commitments made in Busan.  At the EIP meeting in Johannesburg (27-28 February 2013), LenCD members made several proposals for ways in which the network could support the Platform: Support the Global Partnership help desk by providing advice and contacts on capacity development.  The Global Partnership help desk is under development as a way of supporting organisations seeking to engage with post-Busan proceses.  As a learning network, LenCD could...
  6. In November 2011, the global community will meet in Busan, South Korea, to review progress on implementation of the Paris Declaration and Accra Agenda for Action. Through the Working Party on Aid Effectiveness (WP-EFF), preparations are under way to take stock of progress made by donors and partner countries in implementation of joint commitments. To complement this effort, the OECD/DAC, in cooperation with the Learning Network on Capacity Development (LenCD) and the Southern initiative CD Alliance, has launched a process to reflect on the specific commitments and implications...
  7. 2011
    GETTING TO SUSTAINABLE RESULTS THAT MATTER In March 2011, a group of Southern and development partners endorsed the Cairo Consensus on Capacity Development, which states that “capacity development is strategic for the achievement of development results”. Departing from this, the statement below, aims at contributing to the current efforts to enhance results-based management by stressing the link to the underlying capacity that makes results sustainable. This statement has been endorsed by capacity development practitioners, through a consultative process organized by the Learning...
  8. 2011
    This document is a compilation of the draft messages for Busan contained in the five Perspectives Notes: The enabling environment Sector strategies and country systems Fragile situations Technical co-operation Civil society actors
  9. 2011
    Contents Section 1: Introduction 1.1. Technical co-operation – the traditional aid instrument in support of capacity development 1.2. This Perspectives Note   Section 2: Reviewing the Evidence   Section 3: Summary and Operational Implications 3.1. An emerging joint consensus 3.2. Implications for attainment of AAA objectives   Section 4: Key Messages for Busan and Beyond 4.1. Busan 4.2. Thinking about increasingly operational challenges post Busan   ANNEX 1: Selected aid approaches to capacity development ANNEX 2: Key References      ...
  10. 2011
    Executive summary This Perspectives Note discusses opportunities for and challenges of capacity development in a sector context. It examines these challenges from an endogenous vantage point. Sectors are thus regarded first and foremost as frameworks for organizing the design and implementation of domestic development policies, rather than as instruments for structuring the delivery of aid. The endogenous perspective is, however, used to consider how external support for capacity development at sector level can be effectively provided, as an adjunct to locally driven processes This Note is...