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  • About LenCD LenCD is an informal and open network of individuals and organisations sharing a common interest in improving capacity development practice Learning Package The LenCD Learning Package provides an overview of the core concepts and principles of capacity development, practical 'how-to' guides, and a trainer/facilitator's guide and materials Events LenCD has convened many meetings and events, including international conferences in 2011 and 2013 and a webinar series in 2014-2015 This website is not currently being updated, but...
  • The World Bank, IMF, OECD, and UN have submitted recommendations to the G20 on how to strengthen the capacity of countries to build fair, efficient tax systems.  The recently-formed Platform for Collaboration on Tax has released recommendations in a report titled “Enhancing the Effectiveness of External Support in Building Tax Capacity in Developing Countries” which present an ambitious agenda for development partners to support developing nations to strengthen their tax systems and realize their development objectives, as well as strive for achievement of the...
  • This literature review examines how and why different approaches to capacity building for evidence-informed policy making work, for whom, and in which contexts – aiming to provide a practical resource summarising existing knowledge about evidence use in decision making and how to promote it. The review also plays a crucial role in the BCURE realist evaluation design, through identifying theoriesfrom the literature about ‘what works, for whom, in what circumstances, and why’ to build capacity for evidence-informed policy making. A Briefing Note is also available to...
  • The public sector is the single most important investment instrument for the state, and improving the way it is managed is critical for development outcomes including service delivery, social protection and private sector regulation. Public sector governance reform involves institutional reform – that is, changing the rules and norms that govern public sector activity. How can policymakers and practitioners support institutional reform to improve the performance of the state? What do we know about what has – or hasn’t – worked, and where? This Topic Guide ...
  • Capacity.org was launched in 1999 in response to a growing interesti n capacity development as a key driver of sustainable development. Although by no means a new concept, much needed to be learned on how to apply good capacity development practice. Over the course of 15 years and the publication of 47 issues of its magazine, Capacity.org sought to do precisely that: engage on a wide range of issues related to the concept and practice of capacity development in development cooperation. During Capacity.org’s 15-year existence, the context of international development cooperation has...
  • Over the past 20 years, many African countries have experienced sustained economic growth. Few, however, have embarked on the kind of structural change, driven by rising productivity in key sectors, that has been responsible for transforming mass living standards in parts of Asia. The Developmental Regimes in Africa (DRA) project has been investigating the causes and implications of this worrying scenario, building on the findings of previous research by the Tracking Development project (TD) and the Africa Power and Politics Programme (APPP). Exploiting further the systematic comparative...
  • This report reviews the literature engaging with a key issue, the reform of the Ministry of Interior (MoI) in fragile and post-conflict countries. While MoI reform is crucial to the success of Security Sector Reform (SSR), as it enables management and oversight of the internal security forces, it has often been neglected by international actors and by the SSR literature. The literature reviewed here mostly analyses case studies that include Afghanistan, Iraq, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Central and Eastern European Countries (CEECs). The case studies highlight a range of...
  • Institutions – formal and informal rules and norms – matter because they create incentives that shape behaviour. Many aid interventions have failed because they did not take into account governance and institutional issues. It is now widely accepted that institutions play a critical role in poverty reduction and growth. Influential econometric evidence has been important in showing the links between institutions and growth in particular. The public sector is the single most important investment instrument for the state, and improving the way it is managed is critical for...
  • Regional organizations in the Pacific play a central role in supporting the disaster risk management (DRM) activities of their nation state and territory members. While much is made of the emergent role of regional organizations in building DRM national capacities in other parts of the world, this is not a new issue in the Pacific. For decades Pacific regional organizations have been engaged in helping states to minimize the human and economic losses incurred by natural disasters and the impacts of climate change. One of the first things to note about DRM action in the Pacific is how...
  • Esta publicación es un diagnóstico de las capacidades del Centro Nacional de Endemias (CNE) del Ministerio de Salud y Asuntos Sociales (MSAS), en São Tomé y Príncipe (STP). El objetivo fue fortalecer las capacidades del CNE para convertirlo en Beneficiario Principal (BP) del Fondo Mundial de Lucha contra el VIH-Sida, TB y Malaria (Fondo Mundial).  Esto significa, contar con las capacidades para recibir, manejar, gerenciar y aplicar sus fondos. El diagnóstico se fundamentó en los conceptos, métodos y herramientas diseñados por varias organizaciones internacionales. Se llevó a cabo durante...
  • This report examines current thinking on best practice in Capacity Development for national-level government institutions in fragile and conflict-affected states. The report looks at donor support and evaluation programmes to identify common practices and lessons learned. Key findings include: There is a clear international consensus on desirable principles for capacity development in fragile states, which include country ownership, use of country systems, improvements to technical assistance and training, adapting initiatives to local contexts, a focus on adaptive and flexible approaches, a...
  • This case study outlines the remarkable progress that Zambia has made in tackling HIV, TB and malaria. The country has strengthened its health system and increased access of care and treatment to many of its citizens resulting in decreases in diagnosis and deaths from all three diseases. By the end of 2014, more than 580,000 people had access to antiretroviral therapy (ART), HIV diagnosis has fallen by 25% and deaths caused by AIDs have halved. Alongside this, Zambia has achieved universal coverage of TB-DOTS and the MDG target of halting and beginning to reverse the TB epidemic by 2015. The...
  • The SMS was formed by Department of Women and Child Development, Chandigarh to create awareness in the village on social issues such as declining sex ratio, education, health and nutrition, women’s economic empowerment, sanitation and environment. Shakshar Mahila Samooh (SMS) works as a voluntary organization in every village in Haryana for the advancement of the village society. This organization used tools such as rally, organized monthly meetings with the Panchayat and other community-based networks to create awareness amongst the grass root society on social and development issues...
  • Water filtration systems, coastal bunds and other technologies that are tailored to the conditions and needs of local communities can help reduce vulnerability to climate change impacts like increased saltwater intrusion caused by sea level rise or storm surges, or more frequent and severe drought. A key challenge, however, is ensuring such technologies are properly operated and maintained. The partners of the AdaptCap project, a European Commission-financed initiative implemented with coastal communities in the South Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, have developed a multi-...
  • This case story documents an example of South-South/triangular cooperation in the context of building capacity with regard to primary and elementary education research. It involves a civil society organization from India, the ASER Centre, sharing its expertise and experience with an organization, Uwezo East Africa, operating in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda with funding from the Hewlett Foundation (U.S.) in an effort to build capacity to undertake primary and elementary education research to assess the status of rural education (learning levels, enrollment, etc.).
  • This case story outlines how Guinean farmers have moved away from traditional agricultural activity to new produce in order to spur their own economic development.  To assist local farmers, in 2011 USAID sponsored the creation of a ginger farming microenterprise. Farmers’ groups received training, improved seed varieties and were loaned land by a member of the microenterprise or a private owner with the help of the implementing partner and local authorities. Ginger cultivation is now a thriving business with exports to a number of other regions in Guinea and several neighbouring...
  • This guide defines what capacity development is and how UNFPA is applying it in specific countries. The first chapter provides an overview of capacity development and some basic definitions; the second highlights examples of practice in action from the field; and the third consists of a series of tools and resources that maybe useful when developing and implementing capacity development programmes. This guide is primarily meant for UNFPA technical and programme staff but may also serve other United Nations agencies, partner organizations and Member States. Lessons are derived from UNFPA...
  • In 2013 Zimbabwe was one of the pilot countries invited to apply for funding for the HIV disease component under the Global Fund New Funding Model (NFM).  This was heralded as a successful pilot for the NFM and is being used as a best practice case in other countries. Zimbabwe has applied for funding for Tuberculosis and Malaria programming as part of the 2014 full roll-out of the NFM. Emerging Lessons Findings from the Zimbabwe Capacity Development Case Study highlight lessons learned for successful implementation of Global Fund programmes, namely: The importance of leveraging...
  • The objective of this project is to promote educational processes that safeguard the sexual and reproductive rights of young blind, deaf, mentally and physically impaired individuals, by developing their skills in sexual and reproductive health education. The JAID (Jamaica Association for Intellectually Disabled people) is the national counterpart for the UNFPA project. Along with JAD (Jamaican Association for people with Deafness) and McCam Foundation (children 0-6 years of age, with diverse abilities) they implement the project. The main capacity development (CD) thrusts are: a) CD...
  • The objective of this project was to strengthen the capacities of civil society organisations in Guatemala that work with human rights, health, sexual and reproductive health of women. The intention was to build social networks and knowledge platforms in order to influence public policy, and support the government in the provision of human rights and gender based services. The program employed several capacity development strategies, focusing in the following areas Societal capacities: Building alliances between NGOs and developing relationships with the Government to allow technical...