Civil society: Case stories

  • In 2002 the World Bank Institute and Europe and Central Asia Region (ECA) launched the Community Empowerment Network (CEN): four national networks linked through regional activities that would build the capacity of communities and development partners to implement community-driven development (CDD...
  • National, regional, or global networks of parliamentarians are proving important vehicles for enhancing their capacity and the effectiveness of parliaments and parliamentarians in developing countries. The networks have been particularly active in fighting corruption and mitigating its negative...
  • This paper examines a Brazilian social solidarity network, COEP - o Comitê de Entidades no Combate à Fome e pela Vida (the Committee of Entities in the Struggle against Hunger and for a Full Life) - through the lens of organisational and social capacity and change. COEP is committed to building a...
  • G-Watch, or Government Watch, is a civil society initiative in the Philippines for monitoring public sector expenditure. The group promotes transparency and citizen’s participation in governance, helping to hold government departments accountable. Involving a wide variety of stakeholders,...
  • The South African Women’s Budget Initiative analyses budgetary allocations across sectors of the South African economy and assesses whether these are adequate to meet specific policy commitments. A collaborative venture involving Parliament and civil society organizations, the...
  • Ten years ago, the Brazilian Municipality of Porto Alegre created an innovative system to manage municipal funds: people join officials and locally elected leaders to decide on investment priorities, actions and public works, and build a participatory budget. The results demonstrate...
  • The present assessment of technical cooperation (TC) in the Philippines takes a broad reading of the term capacity development. It looks at capacity as the ability to achieve several aims, including analysing and setting goals, and identifying the tasks and functions to reach these goals. Capacity...