July 2012

LenCD Updates July 2012
Learning Network on Capacity Development

In this issue:
  Network news
  CD Insights

Network news

Lawrencia Adams appointed new network coordinator

We are pleased to announce that LenCD now has a new coordinator.  Lawrencia Adams from Accra, Ghana, joined us this month, taking over from Alessandra Casazza, who has admirably served LenCD for the past couple of years and who is now moving to the UNDP office in Bangkok.

Lawrencia has worked with national and donor organizations for more than 20 years as a management and consulting professional in the development field.  Her technical expertise embraces social accountability programme management, rights-based and policy advocacy approaches to programming, and the organizational development of SMEs, NGOs, Civil Society Organizations, and Rural People's Organizations. She is a gender specialist with a focus on formulation of innovative social development programmes using the participatory approach.  She has a very good insight into political economy and socio-cultural related root causes of poverty and CSO development in the African context.

Book reviewers wanted

We are seeking reviewers for selected books on capacity development.  Please contact us if you are willing to write a book review to be posted on the LenCD web site in exchange for a free copy of the book.  In cooperation with Stylus/Kumarian Press, the first title we are seeking reviewers for is Creative Capacity Development by Jenny Pearson.  Please contact brian@lencd.org if you would like to review this book, and include a short introduction of yourself stating why you would like to be a reviewer.

Capacity4Dev.eu photo competition winners

How would you illustrate the elusive concept of capacity development?  Three winners of the Capacity4Dev photo competition have been announced, illustrating different perspectives on capacity development.

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

Capacity Development: a new approach to guidance and evaluation

Documents from the workshop "Capacity Development: a new approach to guidance and evaluation" organised by the European Commission on 30 and 31 May are now available at Capacity4Dev.eu.  New methodological guidance for EC Delegation and HQ staff on project and programme cycle management (PPCM) aims to operationalise aid effectiveness, mainstream capacity development, emphasise policy dialogue, enhance assessment, incorporate political economy analysis, focus on results, and introduce risk management.

A Different Take on Africa: political economy and effective institutions

Development outcomes in poor countries depend on the political incentives facing political leaders. This joint statement from five major international research programmes argues that African countries need to embark on processes of economic transformation which is not necessarily dependent on the prior achievement of the Good Governance agenda.  It calls for a fundamental shift in aid philosophy, away from aid as principally a financial transfer and towards a clearer recognition of the role of institutions and the relevance of institutional change. 

Capacity.org: Adapting to climate change

Humankind will have to learn to live with climate change. Experts argue that even the most effective mitigation measures will no longer be sufficient to avert climate change resulting from past carbon emissions. The latest issue of Capacity.org discusses the capacity of communities to adapt to the effects of climate change, focusing in particular on those communities considered most vulnerable to climate change impacts, including marginalized smallholders and pastoralists whose livelihoods depend on natural resource bases that are already severely stressed and degraded.

Information and Communication Technology for Governance (ICT4GOV) case study

This new case study illustrates how capacity development can create a more inclusive environment for citizens—wherein they are empowered to participate in decisions impacting their community—leading to more sustainable development. The case describes how a capacity development intervention eased citizens' participation in the budget process in the Democratic Republic of Congo for the first time, ultimately resulting in more effective public service delivery.

Complexities of gender mainstreaming in higher education capacity development programmes

The Netherlands organisation for international cooperation in higher education (Nuffic) manages and implements capacity development programmes in post-secondary education in partner countries. This paper analyses Nuffic’s efforts to ensure the inclusion of women and their interests in its programmes. Examples are provided from practice, indicating the successes achieved and factors that hamper or facilitate gender mainstreaming. These examples are drawn from experiences gained in three programmes managed by Nuffic on behalf of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.