October 2014

LenCD 10th anniversary assembly and learning conference: December 1-5 in Kinshasa

The 10th anniversary general assembly of the Learning Network is proposed to be held from 1-5 December in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC) has offered to host the assembly as well as a capacity development learning conference.  In order to plan the event, we need to determine how much interest there is among network members.  Please email ga2014@lencd.org to let us know if you plan to attend, or if you have any questions or suggestions.  Further information including a tentative programme proposal is available at http:// lencd.org/ga2014.

Invitations to participate

Webinar 15 October: Highlights and Challenges of Developing National Capacities in Food Security and Nutrition Information Systems in Sudan

In order to formulate and implement policies to address the problem of food security and malnutrition, information from many sectors must be collected, analyzed and disseminated. An EU project in Sudan is taking a systematic capacity development approach to analyzing the situation in its states, to obtain national buy-in on the priority areas and to reinforce national systems and institutions. This webinar summarizes the recent experience of this EU project in Sudan and will provide for discussions on the applicability of this approach in other contexts and sectors.

The webinar will last one hour and begin at 13:00 GMT/UTC (09:00 in New York, 14:00 in the UK and West Africa, 15:00 in Europe and Central Africa, 16:00 in East Africa).  

Presenters: Charles Agobia, David Obong’o, Ibrahim Hassan Ali.  Moderators: Sally Berman and Thembani Malapela.  Organized by FAO, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Effective Institutions Platform survey on peer learning

The Effective Institutions Platform (EIP) would like to invite LenCD members with experiences in peer learning on public sector reform to participate in a peer learning survey. The responses to the survey will help foster a better understanding of the way peer learning contributes to development and will be presented at the upcoming annual meeting of the EIP on 28-29 of October in Paris, OECD Headquarters.  Please submit survey responses to the EIP Secretariat by Wednesday 8 October 2014.

Consultation for Updating the PEFA Indicators

The Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) Program, launched in 2001, has created a credible and comprehensive framework for assessing PFM functionality which has been applied in a large number of countries with different income levels, different administrative heritages, and in different geographical regions.  The PEFA Partners are now inviting feedback on a proposed update to the PEFA Framework which aims to reflect developments in the PFM landscape over the past decade, strengthen areas of weakness, and extend coverage to new areas.  To comment on the update, please visit the PEFA website before October 31, 2014.

Africa Evidence Network Colloquium

The Africa Evidence Network 2014 Colloquium will be held in Johannesburg from 25-28 November.  Delegates are invited from academia, research, government and the civil sector.  Topics covered will include: evidence-informed decision-making in government; building demand for evidence; research, monitoring and evaluation as the foundation for evidence-based decision making; building monitoring and evaluation capacity; building research capacity; and systematic reviews and evidence synthesis.  The deadline for registration is 31 October.

Network news

Capacity development online course application deadline 10 December

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 January 2015 and the deadline for applications is 10 December.  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 work in capacity development.

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

ADB-3ie video lecture series on impact evaluation

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) have launched a video lecture series on impact evaluation in which 3ie experts explain key technical concepts using plain language and graphics.  The lecture series is designed for programme implementers, policymakers, or students looking to learn about how rigorous, policy-relevant impact evaluations and evidence synthesis generate evidence about what development interventions have worked, how and at what cost. 

Voice, Empowerment and Accountability Topic Guide

Voice, empowerment and accountability (VEA) interventions aim to support poor and marginalised people to build the resources, assets, and capabilities they need to exercise greater choice and control over their own development, and to hold decision-makers to account. This guide provides an overview of the best available evidence on the impact of VEA interventions. It identifies what we know about the barriers to VEA in different contexts, and emerging lessons on how to address them.

Social Innovation for Public Service Excellence

Social innovation refers to new ideas that work in meeting social goals. A social innovation approach puts capacity to harness innovation at the core of public service. As a field, social innovation is new, practice-led and under-theorized. It is more a movement than a methodology, and it combines multiple disciplines, types of actors and sectors. Social innovation is also more than just invention; it describes a process from initial prompt through to scale and systemic change.  This discussion paper from the UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence was developed to inform the consultation on the Co-design of Public Policy and Services in Singapore in December 2013.

Using Action Research and Learning for Politically Informed Programming

This research paper outlines preliminary findings about how action research can help build more politically informed development programs. The approach combines theory and practice to support development practitioners to think and work politically to bring about positive change. It involves recurring constructive engagement with practitioners and it rigorously documents, contextualises and explains the processes and outcomes of programs as they unfold - and the resultant changes (or not). It aims to help development practitioners and their partners understand more clearly the contexts in which they are operating, the consequences of their practices and policy decisions, and how national and sub-national change is actually occurring.

Mapping a Transformation Journey: A Strategy for Malaysia's Future, 2009-2010

When Prime Minister Najib Razak took office in 2009, he aimed to set Malaysia on a new course. He created a new Cabinet-level post and appointed Koh Tsu Koon, president of a party in the ruling coalition. Koh assembled a team and proposed a series of Cabinet workshops to determine leadership priorities. The team reached out to an economic council tasked with piloting the country to higher levels of economic growth and engaged diverse members of Malaysian society in discussions. During a two-year period, the team’s findings evolved into a national transformation strategy. Strong leadership from the top combined with data- and research-driven approaches helped streamline priorities and generate buy-in. The strategy helped improve government performance and increase private investment. Nonetheless, public reaction was mixed, and critics charged that the undertaking was too narrow in scope. This case offers insights about how to design a consultative strategy development process in a country with a diverse population.