28 Jul 2014

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. The approach emphasises 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.

24 Jul 2014

How would you reinvent foreign aid?  The Global Development Network (GDN) in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has launched the Next Horizons Essay Contest to invite fresh thinking related to the future of aid that can inform the ongoing discourse on development assistance and to make this thinking available to policymakers and key stakeholders.  Essays of up to 5000 words are being invited in English, French and Spanish which explore innovative ways of making aid more effective and to shape the development assistance system of the future. How should aid be reinvented: which financial instruments should be used to provide aid, and what is the right balance among these different instruments?; how should the donor “aid system” be organized?; Should aid be restricted to only the poorest countries?; what could aid improve governance?; where is aid most effective?; How can data and technology drive improvements in aid transparency and effectiveness?  The closing date for submisison is 15 September, 2014 (14:00 hrs GMT).

21 Jul 2014

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.

16 Jul 2014
Development MarketplaceDevelopment 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.  See the Development Marketplace website for more information.
19 Jun 2014
Mark Nelson
Quinn McKew
Magnus Ag

A recording of this webinar which took place on 26 June is now available.  The Center for International Media Assistance in partnership with LenCD organised a live online discussion about raising the profile of media in the context of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. This interactive discussion for both newcomers to the media development field and seasoned professionals addressed strategies the international community is using to put media on the development agenda.

Mark Nelson is a former journalist and development specialist who has written extensively on aid effectiveness, governance and the role of media in development.

Quinn McKew is the Deputy Executive Director at Article 19. She is responsible for global operations and governance including the integration of 8 regional offices and 50+ regional partner organizations.

Magnus Ag is Advocacy and Communications Officer at the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).


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