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Introduction Reviewing the evidence Operational implications Key messages Selected aid approaches Key resources Bibliography Editor's choice Joint Evaluation Study on Promising Approaches to TA. ECDPM 2007 This study was commissioned to contribute to the current discussions on aid effectiveness and capacity development by learning about what works in relation to the deployment of technical-assistance (TA) personnel, and to see what initiatives/reforms are being taken to...
Summary and key action points The purpose of a change readiness assessment is to analyse the level of preparedness of the conditions, attitudes and resources, at all levels in a systemIn this context the word 'system' is being used to cover organisations, sectors, networks, national structures, or any other combination of elements that might together be the focus of a capacity development initiative., needed for change to happen successfully. The greater the complexity of the...
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...
Summary: key points and action steps Different models and organisations use the words goal and objective in different ways, alongside other elements of the Logical Framework approach such as outputs, outcomes and impact. This page provides some basic guidance for how stakeholders can reach agreement on what is needed for their particular need and context. A capacity goal is the ability to do whatever is needed to achieve a development result. Objectives are the capacities needed to...
Summary: key points and action steps The starting point of any capacity development planning process is assessing existing capacity. For any given context that means starting with the initial definition of capacity, in response to the question ‘Capacity for What?’, which is then considered at the different levels. Individual, organisational (network/sector) levels are framed in terms of performance and results, and at the institutional level in terms of conditions, but there may be...
Summary and key action points Incentives are one of the main links between people and change. Successful capacity development initiatives are dependent on having the right incentives in place because positive change can only be sustained where improved performance is enabled and rewarded.Incentives are most usually considered at the individual level, defined as either financial or non-financial, and internal or external, but it is also relevant to consider the organisational level and informal...
Current thinking is that capacity development is central to the aid effectiveness agenda. However, many people, especially at country and sector level, are struggling to understand what this means for them within the changing paradigm articulated in the Paris Declaration and Accra Agenda for Action. This package is intended to respond to the need for practical learning opportunities about capacity development: a freely available virtual resource, designed to help country and sector...
Executive summary Introduction Evidence Operational implications Messages for Busan Key resources Bibliography This Note has drawn on various sources obtained both through internet search, including the LenCD resource corner on sector approaches, as well as through key informants. Critical also has been the country level experience of the drafters and peer reviewers. While much has been written about sector content issues and increasingly on programme-based approaches and related aid...
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...
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...