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  • 2007 Paul Engel, Niels Keijzer, Tony Land / ECDPM
    Since 2004, the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) has been working on a study on ‘Capacity, Change and Performance’. This study, perhaps the largest empirical study on capacity development in the development sector to date, focuses on how capacity develops endogenously within an organisation or system. Looking at capacity as an endogenous process implies trying to understand the factors that encourage it, how it evolves differently from one context to another, and why efforts to develop capacity are more successful in some situations than in others. The...
  • 2007 Derick Brinkerhoff / ECDPM
    This paper clarifies key concepts, reviews selected experience, and addresses several of the issues and dilemmas that members of the international community confront in dealing with capacity and capacity development (CD) in fragile states. Assessment frameworks are provided to enable actors to begin to address some of these issues. Additional tables suggest starting points for thinking about CD interventions. The discussion draws on the author's previous and ongoing research, as well as that of the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM). The essay extends ECDPM's...
  • 2011 Mark Goldberg
    The global health community is tasked with delivering fast and effective development assistance to resource-poor countries, while also working to build the capacity within those countries to sustain improvements in health, education, human rights and other development indicators. For years, international nongovernmental organizations (INGOs) have wrestled with finding the right balance between more direct implementation of program activities and longer-term goals of building local capacity to take on greater program responsibility. Recently, the question of how to encourage long-term...
  • 2010 Bruno Mukendi / UNDP
    For over a decade, a growing number of states have been unable to perform the primary functions of governance and provide basic human needs for their people. Known as failed states, these countries typically suffer from violence, economic breakdown, political paralysis, arbitrariness and corruption. Severe deprivation, abject poverty and distrust among citizens and between them and political authorities are commonplace (Chomsky 2006, Rothberg 2002). These conditions are amplified in post‐conflict environments where normal development processes are overwhelmed by the need to bring the country...
  • Table of Contents The Story of an Institution – Series 1, January 2010 1. Lao PDR: National Disaster Management Office2. China: Climate Change System‐Wide Capacity Development Intervention in China3. Rwanda: Institutional Capacities for Managing Development Aid4. Indonesia: Strengthening Capacities for the Good Governance of Aid in Indonesia5. Botswana: “Enterprise Botswana”6. Panama: The Human Development Institute7. Solomon Islands: National Audit Office Capacities8. Timor‐Leste: The Judiciary System in Timor‐Leste9. Sierra Leone: The National Public Procurement Authority...
  • 2009 Nenad Rava
    Table of contents 1. Contextual background 2. Similar challenges - different responses and outcomes             2.1 Two approaches to policy-making and strategizing             2.2 Results and long-term implications 3. Relevance and applicability Bibliography and data sources
  • 2009 Richard Barltrop
    Leadership, trust and legitimacy in Southern Sudan’s transition after 2005 Richard Barltrop DRAFT   Capacity development in post-crisis and transition countries Sub-theme: ‘Leadership capacity for building trust and legitimacy’ 8-10pp paper for the Reform Series of papers, supporting the ‘Capacity is Development’ campaign in 2009, led by the UNDP Capacity Development Group
  • 2010 Jenny Pearson
    The emerging understanding about the need for new approaches to CD is creating diverse needs for learning and change throughout the development and aid systems.  There is increasing recognition that capacity and its development are areas of knowledge, skills and practice in their own right.  Nevertheless this recognition is often at odds with the norms of established disciplines, which creates challenges for introducing new practices, despite the pressing need for change. As one of a range of responses in the current search for more effective CD practices this study is motivated by...
  • 2009 Thomas Theisohn, Mark Nelson, Janet Awimbo / World Bank Institute
    One of the major challenges facing the international development community is creating a capacity development (CD) architecture built on solid evidence. In this CD Brief, the authors argue that, although a significant body of evidence on CD is being produced, the knowledge is poorly captured and managed. As a result, CD practice and policies fail to take full advantage of lessons and experiences that could lead to better results. Addressing these challenges is the basis of the three-year strategy of the Learning Network on Capacity Development (LenCD), a broad partnership of practitioners and...
  • 2011 Heather Baser
    Many country partners and development agencies see themselves in a straitjacket when trying to define and measure the results of their capacity development activities. This difficulty has also been highlighted in many international discussions on capacity development and is raised again in the Perspectives Notes recently prepared for the Cairo Workshop on Capacity Development: from Concepts to Implementation scheduled for March 28-29 2011. This straightjacket arises from the tensions between, on the one hand, approaches to project management that are based on results-based management (RBM)...
  • 2009 Council of the European Union
    Council conclusions on an Operational Framework on Aid Effectiveness2974th EXTERNAL RELATIONS Council meetingBrussels, 17 November 2009
  • 2009 NEPAD Secretariat
    NEPAD recognizes the centrality of capacity development, with a view to empowering Africans to embark on the set development agenda, and for them to fulfill their creative potential. Much of Africa’s inability to implement programmes with far reaching impact stem from systemic weaknesses at the levels of the state, the region, and the continent, as well as at the institutional and individual level. The inter-relationship amongst these levels of governance has created vicious cycles in which poverty, limited capacity, and bad governance are mutually supportive. The resultant effect of...
  • From 2008 to 2010, LenCD members organised three country-level learning events: Ethiopia transport sector (October 2008) Nepal education sector (September 2009) Vietnam public sector (May 2010) Lessons identified by the facilitator of the events (and from the experience of working on other proposed events that did not take place) included: The value of such an event stands with the degree of genuine demand and the right mix of participants with a clear common focus. This is correct notwithstanding the fact that an event can help build ownership gradually.  Participation and agenda...
  • 2011 Nicola Smithers / World Bank Institute
    Drawing on a review of recent studies, literature and relevant examples, this paper seeks to deepen understanding of the importance of stakeholder ownership and its contributing institutional characteristics to achieving development goals. The paper identifies future collaborative research that would shed light on which change strategies are likely to be most effective in strengthening stakeholder ownership in different contexts. Report available from WBI web site.
  • 2011 UNDP
    Capacity development and environmental sustainability are both central to UNDP ’s mandate and programming. The purpose of this Practitioner’s Guide is to provide practical guidance to UNDP staff, partner countries and other development partners on the nature of environmental capacity and how to support capacity development for environmental sustainability (CDES). The guide builds on UNDP ’s Practice Note on Capacity Development and Practice Note on Capacity Assessment and incorporates best practices from CDES experience to date. The main text of this guide presents the UNDP...
  • This case highlights ways in which ICT and distance learning can support capacity development. Drawing on the experience of the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN), it demonstrates how new technologies have created opportunities for transforming the sharing and use of knowledge. Training in particular has benefited immensely from the information revolution, which has yielded cost-effective opportunities for linking training providers and their students, and significantly increased the relevance and impact of training for adults. Source: Lopes and Theisohn (2003) Ownership Leadership...
  • Businesses globally have come under close scrutiny for their degree of social and environmental responsibility, an examination that pushes them beyond their conventional obligations to shareholders. Not many have managed the job of returning healthy bottom lines while paying the higher costs that come with fair wages and environmentally sustainable production policies. The few that have continue to face questions about the veracity of their claims. The Body Shop typifies such a case. Its community trade programmes support sustainable development by sourcing ingredients and accessories from...
  • 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 donors to fine-tune their coordination, monitoring and reporting. Source: Lopes and Theisohn (2003)...
  • 2007 David Watson, Nguyen Minh Thong, Julia Zinke
    This is one of three country case studies in a larger research project commissioned by AusAID, BMZ and Danida, and implemented by the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM), Maastricht, the Netherlands. The purpose of the study is to learn more about the nature of future demand for technical assistance (TA), and to recommend how TA personnel can best be mobilised, used and managed to strengthen national capacities. The study’s approach is one of extracting lessons and implications for donors and host governments from relatively successful TA personnel operations, and...