February 2012

LenCD Updates February 2012
Learning Network on Capacity Development

In this issue:
  Network news
  Requests for participation
  CD Insights

Please send announcements for next month’s updates to brian@lencd.org.

Network news

LenCD member priorities survey

At the Kigali partners’ meeting last February, the network’s members provided inputs that helped shape its strategic priorities up to Busan. With Busan now behind us, there is a need to re-focus and re-direct these priorities for 2012 and beyond.  We would like to invite you to take a short survey to help us select the top priorities for LenCD for this year by voting for the suggested initiatives as either low or high priority, or by suggesting new initiatives.  Your participation would be a great contribution to helping LenCD set priorities for this year.  Please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LenCD-2012


Requests for participation

Call for experiences planning for and reporting on capacity development results

As part of ongoing LenCD work on the results agenda, we are pleased to launch a call for submission of experiences with planning for and reporting on capacity development results.  Political processes and social change take a long time to come about, but they do manifest themselves at different levels of the results chain at different times. How do country governments plan for such results? How do they report on them to their citizens?  We aim to document how countries plan for and report on results from investments in capacity development, what innovations are out there, where the good practices are, and what other countries can learn from.  Please see http://www.lencd.org/page/call-for-experiences-managing-results for more information and send your submission to alessandra.casazza@undp.org by Friday 30 March 2012.  Selected examples will be included in an upcoming publication.

Procurement Innovation Challenge Now Open-- Share Your Story!

The Procurement Innovation Challenge invites practitioners from around the world and across sectors to submit a 2 page case story by March 31, profiling innovative approaches, processes, initiatives, policies or tools that have led to effective procurement reforms and/or better performing systems. These case stories should focus on what has worked and on the lessons learned from efforts to overcome challenges when addressing procurement reform.

Call for input: Strengthening capacities for climate adaptation

The accelerated pace and unpredictability of climate change is likely to disproportionately affect the world's most vulnerable communities, particularly agricultural and livestock smallholders in marginal areas who are not well integrated in the monetary economy. As the momentum for the Rio+20 Sustainable Development conference gathers pace, Issue 45 of Capacity.org (June 2012) will turn the spotlight on how to strengthen the adaptation capacities of rural communities. Climate change experts and practitioners with insights to share on this issue are invited to get in touch with the editor, Heinz Greijn (heinzgreijn@yahoo.co.uk).

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

Busan HLF4 Thematic Session on Capacity Development – official summary

Capacity development (CD) has long been understood as critical to increased and sustainable development effectiveness. Consensus is emerging around key principles for country-led capacity development, as well as the importance of putting these principles into practice. The capacity development thematic session highlighted the importance of results-focused capacity development in successful change processes and put forward concrete actions around result-focused capacity development and developing a more organised and explicit approach to capturing and sharing knowledge on capacity development.

Strengthening pastoralist voices in Tanzania

This booklet, and its accompanying DVD, reports on the ‘Strengthening Voices’ project in two districts in northern Tanzania. The project aims to strengthen the capacity of pastoralist communities and local governments for adaptive environmental management and poverty reduction in Tanzania’s drylands. At the core of the project is a training course that explains the economic and ecological processes at the heart of pastoral systems. The project is designed to be sustainable over the long term. It uses tools and approaches that are transferable and cost effective, enabling them to be taken up in the future by local government and civil society organizations (CSOs) in other parts of Tanzania and the East African region more widely. After three years the project is already beginning to demonstrate how appropriate and targeted training can make a real difference to community, district and national land use planning.

Improving sector transparency: Azerbaijan Microfinance Association

The Azerbaijan Microfinance Association (AMFA) was established in 2001 to be the voice of microfinance sector in the country, to defend the interests of local microfinance institutions (MFIs) and to support members’ needs. Today, AMFA has 28 members, including non-bank financial institutions (NBFIs), downscaling banks, credit unions and leasing companies.

Greening Development: Enhancing Capacity for Environmental Management and Governance

Moving to a greener development path requires incorporating the environment into every aspect of the national planning and budgeting process. A key obstacle for many developing countries in meeting this objective is a lack of capacity for identifying environmental challenges and priorities and their implications for development, formulating policy responses and implementing strategies.  This report outlines steps to be considered when building capacity for greening national development planning, national budgetary processes and key economic sector strategies.  It identifies the key actors to be engaged in the decision making processes, outlines possible capacity needs and suggests how these can be addressed. The cyclical approach advocated in the report reflects a shift from the traditional view of capacity development as a purely technical process to one that recognises the importance of country ownership at different levels in governments and society.