January 2012

LenCD Updates January 2012
Learning Network on Capacity Development

In this issue:
  Network news
  Requests for participation
  CD Insights

Network news

Case story collection exceeds 500 stories

Case stories are a very important and accessible way to share experiences and lessons, and while many organisations have invested in producing case stories and publishing them on their web sites, finding suitable stories has always required searching each organisation’s collections separately.  LenCD has been building up a central index of case stories including material from UNDP, the Task Team on South-South Cooperation, SNV, WBI, ECDPM, and other sources, and more than 500 case stories have now been catalogued and are searchable by country and keyword at the LenCD web site.

Requests for participation

Reflections on Busan

What do you think about the outcomes of the Busan High Level Forum?  Are you pleased or disappointed?  How has Busan affected your thinking and planning for the year ahead?  Please share your thoughts with other network members by posting your thoughts in the “Reflections on Busan” discussion forum: http://www.lencd.org/forum/reflections-busan.

Call for Papers on Managing for Development Results and Results-Based Public Sector Management

The Asia-Pacific Community of Practice on Managing for Development Results (APCoP) is calling for papers in connection with a series of events in the first half of 2012.  Topics include: impact evaluation and results-based planning and budgeting, results management and disaster risk management, and results-based public sector management in support of the MDGs.  A grant awaits selected papers.

ECDPM call for reflection and materials on the 5Cs framework

In December 2011, the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) published a synthesis report on initial practices and lessons emerging from organizations in developing countries that are using the five core capabilities (5Cs) framework to support capacity development at various levels. In order to make these and other practical experiences more widely accessible, the research team is requesting additional input from individuals and organisations that have applied the 5Cs framework in their work. Please contact them at this email address: 5Cs@ecdpm.org.

CD Insights: selected case stories, research, and shared experience

CSO Development Effectiveness Toolkits

The Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness has produced two new toolkits for CSOs.  The Implementation Toolkit provides guidance and concrete examples on the guidelines, mechanisms and indicators that CSOs might use to put the Istanbul Principles for CSO Development Effectiveness into practice in their local realities.  The Advocacy Toolkit provides tips and advice from CSOs on advocating for a more favourable context for civil society in their own country or region and complements recommendations on minimum standards for an enabling environment for CSOs.

Mapping progress: evidence for a new development outlook

This report from ODI summarises evidence of progress across a range of sectors in 24 developing countries and show how results were achieved. The stories focus on progress rather than success, in recognition of development as a journey. The report highlights four drivers of progress: leadership at all levels of society, good policies in government, quality and capacity of domestic institutions, and genuine international partnerships.

Systematic review database

The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) has launched the first searchable online database of international development systematic reviews. Supported by DFID, the database provides summaries of the findings and methodologies of existing systematic reviews and protocols, as well as links to the full reports. Systematic reviews examine all the existing evidence on a particular intervention, critically appraise the evidence and synthesise the results. The systematic reviews in the database relate to international development disciplines such as agriculture, education, nutrition and health.

Practical Guide to Capacity Development in a Sector Context

This guide provides development practitioners with a set of tools and instruments that can be used to guide capacity development processes.  The range of tools and instruments starts from a sector-wide perspective (political economy and governance features) then moves down to capture individual stakeholders’ perspective. This guide also includes tips for change management and reform processes.

The Art of Knowledge Exchange: A Results-Focused Planning Guide for Development Practitioners

Designing and implementing knowledge exchange initiatives can be a complex and time-consuming process. This guide takes the guesswork out of this process by breaking it down into simple steps and providing tools to help you play a more effective role as knowledge connector and learning facilitator.

Supporting Capacity Development in PFM: A Practitioner’s Guide
Practitioner’s Guide: http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/57/13/48782679.pdf
Case studies: http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/57/12/48782733.pdf

The Practitioner’s Guide to Strengthening Country PFM Systems outlines both ‘good’ and ‘bad’ practices in how donors support Capacity Development in Public Financial Management and outlines expectations from countries for donor support to their capacity development efforts in PFM. The guide is based on case study evidence (from Mali, Rwanda, Lesotho, Nepal, Morocco) on different ways in which donors approach capacity development in PFM to strengthen a country’s sustainable development.

Research Capacity Strengthening

Lack of an enabling legal framework, poor quality of secondary-school education, an absence of research leaders and role models, and the relatively low priority attached to research are all frequently cited as barriers to research capacity development in developing countries as a whole, and Africa in particular. Studies have noted that previous research capacity strengthening interventions have largely focused on knowledge generation, and less attention has been paid to the dissemination and communication of research.  This brief report provides an overview of current knowledge and practice on research capacity strengthening.  Recommendations include addressing issues of sustainability, reciprocal partnerships, long-term engagement, and impact.