02 Nov 2016

Capacity development has been emerging as a central approach within development for more than two decades. To help development professionals better understand and master this paradigm, this nine-week online course introduces the key concepts, principles and values of capacity development. The main focus is on building practical skills for better design, planning, implementation and assessment of capacity development initiatives.  The course is delivered by Diplo Foundation, and is based on the LenCD Learning Package on Capacity Development.  The course is taught by Jenny Pearson and Carol Kiangura.  Deadline for applications is 5 February 2018 and the course begins on 19 February.

20 Oct 2016

Of the world’s developing regions, Sub-Saharan Africa has the worst infrastructure deficit, with studies pointing to lost growth opportunities. This study (available in English and in French) presents in one document information previously dispersed on the region’s infrastructure stock and modes of financing. It assesses infrastructure’s role in the region’s economic growth. It identifies specific capacity constraints that have hindered the private sector’s participation in infrastructure financing. And it suggests a framework for advancing institutional and human resource capacities to boost infrastructure financing.

The study makes policy recommendations for capacity enhancement including incentivising the development of domestic public debt markets; conducting training needs assessments and training people through apprenticeships, secondments, in-service workshops, and collaborate with institutions such as universities; consider providing guarantees for securities originated by banks from their infrastructure financing portfolios; establish autonomous and capable PPP departments; improve in-house expertise in project planning and management; educate the private and the public sectors about PPPs; improve levels of trust for PPPs by making the process transparent; and consider private financing of development and infrastructure through more robust and fairer fiscal and tax systems.

04 Oct 2016

In early 2016, DiploFoundation and the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) agreed to run two sessions of the Diplo/LenCD online course on Capacity Development, based on the LenCD Learning Package, for ACBF staff members.  The first session recently came to a successful close and the accomplishments of the 15 participants who completed the first session were recognised during a certificates award ceremony at ACBF.  The online course demands ten weeks of focussed attention from participants, studying comprehensive materials on capacity development, and discussing their own experiences and challenges. The ACBF decided to involve staff from operations; knowledge, monitoring and evaluation; and administration in the courses, to increase the understanding of each staff member on ACBF’s core activity of capacity development in the African context. The facilitation team included international and African capacity development experts.

29 Sep 2016

UNI: UN-Habitat's partnership with universities worldwideIn preparation for Habitat III,  the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development taking place in Quito, Ecuador, from 17-20 October, UNI Habitat has published a position paper: Capacity Building and Knowledge Form the Foundation of the New Urban Agenda.  The paper notes that responding to the challenges of sustainable urban development requires strong institutions with the capacity to plan and manage development policies.  Implementing the New Urban Agenda and SDG11 will depend on knowledge development, capacity building, training and problem-solving education, city to city cooperation, peer to peer learning and different forms of knowledge and practice exchange. It calls for broad cooperation involving universities, training institutions, think tanks, development NGOs, communities of practice, donor organizations, and multilateral and bilateral development cooperation institutions.

27 Aug 2016

World Water Week in Stockholm is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues. This year, the theme is Water for Sustainable Growth. Experts, practitioners, decision-makers, business innovators and young professionals from a range of sectors and countries come to Stockholm to network, exchange ideas, foster new thinking and develop solutions to the most pressing water-related challenges of today. In 2015, over 3,300 individuals and close to 300 convening organizations from 130 countries participated.  Many sessions will be live-streamed for people who cannot attend in person.

14 Aug 2016

Africa for ResultsAdaptation to climate change is expected to be difficult for Africa due to poor economic development and low adaptive capacity.  Challenges include poverty and weak governance and institutional frameworks for climate resilient programming. Gender analysis remains particularly weak or framed at a macro level without specific evidence and mechanisms to adapt to climate change.  AfCoP is inviting network members to reflect on climate change impacts and adaptation within their communities, countries, and on the African continent as a whole to identify capacity imperatives, opportunities and lessons in an online discussion.

08 Aug 2016

How can we build tax capacity in developing countries?The World Bank, IMF, OECD, and UN have submitted recommendations to the G20 on how to strengthen the capacity of countries to build fair, efficient tax systems.  The recently-formed Platform for Collaboration on Tax has released recommendations in a report titled “Enhancing the Effectiveness of External Support in Building Tax Capacity in Developing Countries” which present an ambitious agenda for development partners to support developing nations to strengthen their tax systems and realize their development objectives, as well as strive for achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.  Well-functioning tax systems allow countries to chart their own futures, pay for essential services, and build trust with their citizens. The report finds that country commitment is vital to success in tax reforms and identifies five factors that provide an environment receptive to tax reform: Assisting countries to develop a coherent revenue strategy as part of a development financing plan; coordinating effectively among providers of capacity development; making accessible a strong knowledge and evidence base; promoting regional cooperation and support; and strengthening participation of developing countries in international rule-setting.  A World Bank blog post summarises the key findings and recommendations from the report.

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