Capacity Development

Balancing state and community participation in development partnership projects: emerging evidence from Indian SDPS in Nepal

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Authors: Chaturvedi, S., ; Kumar, S. & Mendiratta, S.
Publication date: 2013, RIS discussion paper 183

In this paper, the authors evaluate the impact and potential of the development programmes known as Small Development Projects (SDPs), introduced by India as part of its development cooperation portfolio in Nepal.

Grameen Foundation: Community Knowledge Worker Uganda Program

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The Community Knowledge Worker (CKW) initiative was launched by Grameen Foundation and its partners in Uganda in 2009 with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Today, it serves more than 300,000 farmers in remote communities through a network of more than 1,100 peer advisors.

The initiative combines mobile technology and human networks to help smallholder farmers get accurate, timely information to improve their businesses and livelihoods.

Improving communication between aid agencies and crisis-affected people: Lessons from the infoasaid project

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Authors: Chapelier, C. & Shah, A.
Publication date: 2013

The growing recognition of the importance of communication in disaster response has prompted an upsurge in discussions, publications and initiatives aimed at better understanding the potential of broadcast media and new technologies to improve how agencies communicate with their beneficiaries and, ultimately, enhance the quality and accountability of humanitarian assistance.

Using Participatory Three-Dimensional Modelling to facilitate community decision making: a case study from the Vanuatu Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change project

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Author: Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme
Publication date: 2014

The PACC Vanuatu project team identified participatory three-dimensional modelling (P3DM) as a valuable tool to facilitate community participation and decision making in the project.

Uganda's HIV/AIDS Knowledge Management and Communication Capacity (KMCC) initiative

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Uganda's HIV/AIDS Knowledge Management and Communication Capacity (KMCC) initiative  was set up in 2012 as a core component of the HIV prevention strategy that is being funded by the UK's Department for International Development (DFID). Its over-arching mission is to help to improve the communication of knowledge in order to bring about a stronger response to HIV/AIDS in Uganda. To achieve this, KMCC is bringing together both Uganda-grown and international experts in HIV/AIDS, knowledge management, and communications to work with different partners in Uganda.

Fragmented governance and local service delivery in Malawi

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During a research trip to Malawi in 2012, a senior government official commented that nearly two decades after the government had renewed its commitment to democratic decentralisation, the working of local government was something of a ‘black box’.

Ahead of local council elections in May 2014, this study helped government and donors to understand how local government and service delivery work and to assess whether the return of local councils is likely to improve their functioning.

Policy brief: designing programs to increase women’s participation in local government

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Author: Gomez, J.
Publication date: 2008

In 2006, The Initiative for Inclusive Security partnered with the Rwandan Association of Local Government Authorities (RALGA) and the National Women’s Council to conduct training to increase women’s participation in the 2006 local elections.

The preparation of more than 2,300 female candidates helped Rwanda successfully fulfill a constitutional quota at the local level. Women captured over 30 percent of the seats in district government and are now one-third of district executives throughout the country, as well as two-thirds of executives in the city of Kigali.

This policy brief is part of a series derived from a three-year field program on the role of women in Rwanda. More broadly, these briefs provide policymakers, donors, and program planners with strategies for consolidation of democracy in post-conflict societies.

Supporting ‘Autonomy and Resistance’ The Brazil-Mozambique-South Africa native seed bank project

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Author: Suyama, B. & Pomeroy, M.
Publication date: 2014

This case study explores an innovative multi-stakeholder project led civil society in three countries: Brazil, Mozambique and South Africa. The “community native seeds banks in family farming areas” knowledge-sharing initiative is the first Brazilian South-South Cooperation (SSC) project to be delivered by social movements working in coalition with an NGO and two different government agencies.

From post-disaster solidarity to long-term development: The Haiti-Mexico Joint Committee of Civil Society for the reconstruction of Haiti

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Author: Gómez Bruera, H.F.
Publication date: 2014

The Haiti-Mexico Joint Committee of Civil Society for the reconstruction of Haiti (HMJC) is a South-South development cooperation programme created in 2010 by Mexican and Haitian CSOs after the earthquake. It is convened by Centro Lindavista, a Mexico City-based NGO which has been active in promoting CSO engagement with Mexican development cooperation.

Learning social accountability together: civil society facilitated South-South cooperation in India, Bangladesh and Cambodia

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Author: Bandyopadhyay, K.K.
Publication date: 2014

Asian cities have been central drivers of Asia’s economic growth in the last few decades. However, a democratic deficit in many small and medium size Asian cities means municipalities fail to deliver key service provisions to citizens, and civil society engagement in urban governance and institutions remains very limited.