July 2014

Invitations to participate

Current thinking on national-level capacity development in fragile and conflict-affected states

Your suggestions are wanted in connection with a research paper on capacity development of national-level institutions in fragile and conflict-affected states.  What is the current thinking on best practice?  What is the most common support for capacity development provided by donors?  What has and hasn’t worked?  Are there good examples of innovative approaches being trialled by donors?  What are the key lessons learned?

The Governance and Social Development Resource Centre (GSDRC, www.gsdrc.org) is undertaking a literature review which will aim to inform capacity development efforts in Afghanistan.  If you have any suggestions or examples to share, or would like to recommend any case studies or research papers for inclusion in the study, please contact brian@gsdrc.org no later than 23 July.

Capacity development webinars

LenCD is organizing a series of webinars to exchange knowledge across communities of practice on the contribution of capacity development to improved sector performance.  An initial series of webinars in May and June in collaboration with LenCD partner organisations explored diverse experiences in capacity development.  Video recordings of these webinars are available at http://www.lencd.org/webinars.  We are now developing plans for further seminars beginning in September.  We invite network members who would like to present their experiences in future webinars to contact brian@lencd.org.

Network news

CD e-learning course now accepting applicants for next session
DiploFoundation is now accepting applications for the online course in capacity development based on the LenCD Learning Package.  The first session of the course ran in 2013 with 21 participants and was highly successful.  The next session will take place in October, and the deadline for applications is 1 September.  The course runs over nine weeks and is based on a collaborative approach to learning, involving a high level of interaction with lecturers, guest experts, and the other participants.  The course will be of interest to practitioners of capacity development and other professionals working in the development field who plan to start working specifically in capacity development.  More details are available on DiploFoundation's web site.

Learn4Dev 2014 Annual Meeting

From June 16 to 18, more than 40 people from 20 donor agencies and multilateral organisations which are member of learn4dev came together in Ljubljana, Slovenia for the 11th Annual Meeting of the network organized by the Center of Excellence in Finance (CEF) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).  Bart Horemans attended the meeting as leader of the Expert Group on Capacity Development of the network and as representative of LenCD.  He reports back in a blog post on the LenCD website.

CD insights: selected case stories, research, and experience

Governance for development: towards excellence in global public service

Social, economic and political processes are complex, and happen differently at varying speeds in different contexts. Reforms of the public sector have all too often mixed results given that: i) change initiatives are usually politically sensitive; ii) as a result, implementation is complex and all too often ends in failure; and iii) not enough is known about ‘what really works’.  This new book, published in connection with the UN Public Service Forum 2014, presents a range of experience in national public service reform, transparency, accountability and inclusive growth and e-government.  It features winners of the UN Public Service Awards 2014, independent thought leadership pieces and case studies, and a reference section with information on each of the 193 UN member states.

India Development Marketplace Winners

Development Marketplace, a World Bank competitive grant program that identifies and funds innovative, early stage development projects, announces nine winners of the 2014 India Development Marketplace competition.  Winners will receive grant funding up to US$150,000 and access to tailored capacity development programs to assist them to scale up and replicate their programs.  Winners include projects on financial inclusion, rural capabilities, healthcare, water and sanitation, support for disabled people, and education.  Visit the Development Marketplace website for more information about the winning projects.

Retooling a Workforce to Match Industry Needs: Mexico Revamps Skills-Based Vocational Training, 2008-2012

In 1995, the Mexican government instituted a skills-based vocational education and training system to gain a competitive edge in global markets by making it easier for job seekers to signal their qualifications to employers and by modernizing job training nationwide. However, initial efforts to implement the system failed to gain traction among businesses, unions, and educational institutions. In 2007, a new leadership team took over the public trust that was managing the system and reformed its model to better fit the needs of workers and employers. The new model differed from international recommendations in several key ways but attracted a broad base of users from more than a hundred different industries. By 2013, Mexico’s unique approach to skill standardization had begun to generate results and attract interest from other emerging economies.

Dynamic Approach for Capabilities Development
The Dynamic Capabilities Approach (DCA) is a 4-phase approach intended to provide guidance on how to plan, monitor and evaluate Capacity Development processes in a given sector. It is an approach that has been used in more developed countries, by the private sector and large public organisations around the world to enable the achievement of their strategic plans and build momentum in their development. This approach brings the emphasis on the dynamics of the inter-relations of structuring factors in business ecosystems (systems of activities dedicated to client-systems). Dynamic capabilities development is based on key assumptions related to effectiveness of organisations and systems: capability development is a core mandate for managers, capabilities are not static, they are based on accountability and engagement for performance and development impacts.