March 2013

Requests for participation

LenCD support to the Effective Institutions Platform
http://www.lencd.org/page/effective-institutions/lencd-support-effective...

The Effective Institutions Platform is one of eight initiatives that came out of the Busan High-Level Forum to take forward the commitments made in Busan. At the EIP meeting in Johannesburg (27-28 February 2013), LenCD members made several proposals for ways in which the network could support the Platform, including supporting the Global Partnership helpdesk, supporting integration of learning into organizational capacity development, engaging with other platforms and processes on capacity development as advocates and through learning sessions, serving as the coordinating body for EIP work on change management and making results happen, and taking on a co-secretariat role within the Platform. All network members are invited to discuss these proposals on the LenCD web site.

Does individual capacity building strengthen development in Africa?

Can you help us identify evidence about the effectiveness of human resource development activities in improving state capacity and governance in Africa? Under what circumstances does this approach work effectively? Is there any evidence that individual capacity building through short and long term training strengthens development in Africa? The Governance and Social Development Resource Centre (http://www.gsdrc.org) is preparing a research briefing on this subject and we would like to invite network members to recommend relevant resources and case studies based on rigorous evidence. Please email any suggestions to research@lencd.org.

Network news

LenCD meeting provisionally planned for 21-22 June in Brussels

Planning is underway for a LenCD general meeting in June in Brussels, on the theme of Effective Institutions, Change Management and Making Reform Happen. The meeting will bring together LenCD network members, the Effective Institutions Platform, and other communities of practice to share experiences and to try and find a common pathway to achieve results in reform initiatives. More information will be available soon.

E-learning course under development

Work is now underway to develop a fully-fledged e-learning course based on the current LenCD Learning Package (http://www.lencd.org/learning). This will be a high-quality, tutor-led, interactive course. A fee will be charged but a scholarship system will be set up to ensure accessibility to all. The course is being developed by Diplo (http://www.diplomacy.edu), a non-profit foundation based in Malta and Switzerland, with a steering group that includes representatives of LenCD, UNDP, GIZ, and others.

Case stories collection exceeds 600

The LenCD web site includes a catalogue of case stories which now links to more than 600 case stories from more than a dozen sources, providing a way to find examples of capacity development in a wide range of countries and sectors: http://www.lencd.org/case-stories

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

Africa Capacity Indicators Report 2013
http://www.acbfpact.org/acir-2013-launch.aspx

The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) has launched its third Africa Capacity Indicators Report (ACIR 2013) focusing on capacity development for natural resource management. The discussion covers both renewable and non-renewable endowments, with specific focus on forests, land, water, solid minerals, and petroleum resources. The Report offers analysis of the critical perspectives and contemporary academic and policy debates on the natural resource value chain, including emerging issues such as climate change and green economy. Pragmatic approaches based on original problem solving in different contexts are also presented in each chapter. The Executive Summary is available online (http://elibrary.acbfpact.org/acbf/collect/acbf/index/assoc/HASH9e0f.dir/ACI%20Report%202013%20Executive%20Summary.pdf), along with information about the launch event.

National Chapters for African Community of Practice
http://copmfdrafrica.ning.com/page/national-chapters

To help encourage the development of national communities of practice, the African Community of Practice on Managing for Development Results has produced a Guidance Note on Establishing an Effective National Chapter. Eight national chapters are currently active and nine more are planning to start this year.  Key steps include forming a small group of champions, preparing a concept note, attracting buy-in from national authorities, bringing in members with a range of expertise, and organising a launch event.