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e-Discussion: Capacity Development for Urban Management
These are exciting times for urban managers in developing countries. More than ever before, cities are livewires of creativity, innovation, economic growth, social mobility, etc., providing a massive amount of opportunities for development. At the same time, explosive population growth, unplanned spatial expansion, ad-hoc infrastructure, out-of-control pollution, health dangers, social unrest, etc., put extreme pressure on existing public planning, policy development and implementation capacities.
UNDP and WBI invite you to participate in an online discussion beginning today about what you see as new and emerging issues that will have a radical impact on the way you work. Which (big) trends, developments and changes do you see happening in your cities that you know (or have a hunch) will fundamentally change how you plan, implement, deliver and evaluate public policies and basic services? We look very much forward to your participation! Do feel free to share, not just your professional ideas and opinions and expertise, but also your hopes, dreams and aspirations on everything you think has a bearing on urban management and the capacities required. Please join the discussion at: https://www.unteamworks.org/node/422682
e-Discussion: Reinvigorating Public Service
The public sector is a critical pillar for international development, providing much needed life-sustaining public services. The motivation of officials working in the public service sector is crucial for achieving development goals. After years of declining morale and self-esteem in many countries, the prospect of a public service workforce being able to deliver an increasingly complex agenda on a reduced budget seems unlikely. It is thus important for the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals to find ways to restore a public service ethos sustaining a motivated public sector.
The UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence (GCPSE) invites you to join an online discussion starting today about:
- The right mix of incentives (both financial and non-financial) and their impact;
- Citizen engagement and its impact on Public Service Motivation;
- Retention of the intrinsic motivation of public service employees.
Please share your experience with these issues during the course of this e-Discussion. You may have worked on a relevant project, may have witnessed a case where these challenges have been successfully addressed or a failure from which you drew important insights. Please join the discussion at: https://undp.unteamworks.org/node/422612
UN ECOSOC e-discussion: Addressing challenges for meeting the MDGs and sustaining development gains
In this forum, experts, practitioners and policy-makers from around the world will discuss how to address the ongoing and emerging challenges for meeting the MDGs in 2015 and for sustaining development gains in the future. The results of this-e-discussion will provide ECOSOC with constructive inputs and policy recommendations for strengthening efforts towards achieving the internationally agreed development goals, particularly the MDGs by 2015, and for sustaining and continuing development gains in the context of the post-2015 development agenda.
Discussion will take place from 3 February to 16 March at https://www.unteamworks.org/amr2014 and participation is open to all.
Congratulations to graduates of CD online course
The first session of the capacity development online course which was launched this year by DiploFoundation has wrapped up, with 21 participants completing the nine-week course. Course content is based on the LenCD Learning Package, and was developed with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), LenCD, and Learn4Dev. The vast majority of the participants completing the course said it met or exceeded their expectations, felt it will be useful in their work, and would recommend it to others. The course will be repeated in 2014 – watch for future announcements.
Water Sector Capacity Development
In May 2013, the 5th Delft Symposium on ‘Developing Capacity from Rio to Reality - Who's Taking the Lead?’ was held at the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft, The Netherlands. Materials from the symposium are available online at the symposium web site and a special issue of the journal Water Policy has now been published on Leadership in Knowledge and Capacity Development in the Water Sector (and beyond).
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