04 Feb 2016

Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) is organizing an International Conference on South-South Cooperation on 10-11 March 2016 in New Delhi. The conference will focus on the South and the global economy, global aid architecture and South-South cooperation, theoretical frameworks for South-South cooperation, and sharing regional and sectoral experiences. RIS would like to invite studies on the following themes: agriculture and natural resources, health, science technology and emerging areas, education, and capacity-building. Papers should focus on details of interventions, aspects of interventions related to South-South cooperation (for example, sovereignty, mutual gain, demand-driven nature, etc.), and South-South evaluation methodologies. Please send abstracts (500 words) to the conference organisers by 15 February 2016 -- see the conference background note and call for papers announcement for more details.

26 Jan 2016

The 3rd Pan African Capacity Development Forum organized by the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) will be held between 2-6 May 2016 in Harare, Zimbabwe. The theme of the Forum is “Developing Capacity for Africa’s Economic and Social Transformation”. The Forum will provide opportunities to partner with institutions working for capacity development, showcase work and exhibit programs for developing sustainable capacity in Africa’s public sector, private sector and civil society, and to reflect on the priority capacity development avenues that will lead to effective economic and social transformation in Africa.

21 Jan 2016

Diplo Foundation

DiploFoundation and the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) recently signed a new memorandum of understanding on training for capacity development. The MoU builds on the established cooperation between Diplo and LenCD through which the two institutions have worked together over the last couple years to offer an online course on capacity development. The highly interactive, 9-week-long course was developed by Diplo in 2013, based on the LenCD Learning Package for Capacity Development and with the support of the UNDP, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, and LenCD.

30 Dec 2015

Ideas for ActionThe Ideas for Action (I4A) competition engages young people around the world to encourage them to develop and share their ideas for financing solutions to deliver the post-2015 development agenda.  The competition is sponsored by the World Bank Group and the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.  

Today’s youth will be responsible for delivering the post-2015 development agenda, also known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they expire at the end of 2015. The SDGs will be more ambitious than the MDGs, covering a broad range of interconnected issues, from sustainable economic growth, to social issues, to global public goods. To realize this vision, a just-as-ambitious plan for financing and implementation is needed. Youth engagement throughout the design and implementation process is critical for success. The competition is the catalyst to sparking global conversation about these important issues from young people all around the world. 

09 Dec 2015

Africa Capacity Report 2015The Africa Capacity Report (ACR) 2015 sends a very clear message: with official development assistance to Africa diminishing, the continent will have to rely more on mobilizing domestic resources if it is to implement its development agenda. The ACR 2015 shows that this is possible, with a good number of African countries providing practical success stories based on strategies and initiatives that can easily be adapted to other countries. However, the capacity gaps to generate savings and taxes from domestic resources and allocate them to economically and socially productive activities remain glaring.

02 Dec 2015

ACBF is commissioning 100 Knowledge Products to be published on the AfCoP and ACBF websites in 2016. Authors are invited to share knowledge and information on Managing for Development Results principles and insightful case studies, result stories, tools, and guidelines on African development results.  Interested authors are invited to submit abstracts by 22 December to a selection process that will take place in January 2016.  Successful authors will be engaged as consultants to develop their abstracts into full knowledge products.  For more details, see the AfCoP website.

24 Nov 2015

Learn4DevLearn4dev 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.

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