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24 Nov 2015
Learn4dev is a network of international donor organisations, EU and non-EU countries, aiming to develop the skills of staff working in the field of development and to facilitate knowledge exchange both between donor organisations and with partner countries. At its 13th annual meeting, co-hosted by DEVCO and DFID at the East Kilbride headquarters of the UK development agency, 20 bilateral and multilateral organisations discussed the changing face of learning and particularly organisational learning. Video interviews with attendees and information about the meeting are now available at Capacity4Dev.
15 Nov 2015
Regional and economic integration in Africa has been facing many constraints. The continent houses 14 Regional Economic Communities (RECs) at different stages of integration. Most of these RECs face challenges of overlapping memberships, inadequate funding, and restricted movement of people, goods, services, and capital. Difficulties in doing business among member states have been some of the greatest challenges facing the continent. The African Community of Practice on Managing for Development Results is inviting members to join an online discussion about African Regional and Economic integration: Challenges of doing business, travelling, visa requirements, and lessons from countries with successful regional integration to help identify ideas and strategies for strengthening the African economic community.
10 Nov 2015
The public sector is the single most important investment instrument for the state, and improving the way it is managed is critical for development outcomes including service delivery, social protection and private sector regulation. Public sector governance reform involves institutional reform – that is, changing the rules and norms that govern public sector activity. How can policymakers and practitioners support institutional reform to improve the performance of the state? What do we know about what has – or hasn’t – worked, and where? This Topic Guide from the Governance and Social Development Resource Centre synthesises the evidence, debates and lessons that emerge from the literature.
05 Nov 2015
This brochure features the preliminary findings of the upcoming 2015 Africa Capacity Report. Mobilizing and efficiently utilizing domestic resources is crucial for Africa to implement the post-2015 development agenda and African Union (AU) Agenda 2063, but despite encouraging achievements, African countries face various challenges, capacity being the most important, preventing them from effectively mobilizing domestic resources. Notwithstanding these challenges, with the right strategies, it is possible to build the capacity to scale-up DRM provided the key stakeholders play their roles effectively Key stakeholders must support the efforts of countries and regional and continental organizations in building requisite capacity for scaling up DRM.
29 Oct 2015
Multi-stakeholder partnerships (MSPs) are about changing something with others. When building a multi-stakeholder partnership, it is important to be clear about what you want to change, with whom, and how. This guide from the Centre of Development Innovation (CDI) of Wageningen University and Research Centre helps facilitating these multi-stakeholder processes. It links the underlying rationale for multi-stakeholder partnerships, with a clear four phase process model, a set of seven core principles, key ideas for facilitation and 60 participatory tools for analysis, planning and decision making. The guide has been written for those directly involved in MSPs – as a stakeholder, leader, facilitator or funder – to provide both the conceptual foundations and practical tools that underpin successful partnerships.
25 Oct 2015
Public financial management refers to the set of laws, rules, systems and processes used by nations and sub-national governments to mobilise revenue, allocate public funds, undertake public spending, account for funds and audit results. A strong PFM system is an essential aspect of the institutional framework for an effective state. A series of reading packs and short video lectures on PFM topics by leading experts is now available at the Governance and Social Development Resource Centre. Topics covered include: an introduction to public financial management (Andrew Lawson) public financial management in fragile states (Simon Gill), gender responsive budgeting (Maja Bosnic), transparency and participation in public financial management (Paolo de Renzio), and climate finance and public finance management (Neil Bird).
20 Oct 2015
This 3-week e-forum (19 October to 6 November) will be held on the GPSA Knowledge Platform and will consist of an online discussion where multiple stakeholders are expected to share their views, knowledge and experiences in the field of governance and the law, including ways in which different practitioners seek to promote governance reforms and strengthen the responsiveness of legal systems. The World Development Report 2017 on Governance and the Law seeks to understand how governance interventions can be more effective in generating sustainable welfare improvements in the long term, and self-reinforcing dynamics of inclusion. The WDR 2017 team will utilize e-forum participants’ contributions to have a reality-check on the WDR’s framework and main concepts, and to identify specific country/case experiences that can be used to illustrate content of the Report.
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