25 Nov 2014

The European Training Foundation (ETF) has published a new toolkit on vocational education and training and capacity development.  It aims to support the development of tools and methods to meet capacity development needs and provides guidance on measuring the impacts of capacity building activities.  The toolkit is addressed to ETF operational units, other practitioners working on vocational education and training, and partner country policy-makers.  The ETF supports human capital development in more than 30 partner countries, with a specific focus on vocational education and training (VET). 

20 Nov 2014

Institutions Taking Root (book cover)Building and operating successful public institutions is a challenge for governments, even under ideal circumstances. The challenge is compounded by the conditions found in fragile and confl ict-affected settings, where human security, social cohesion, political stability, and economic activity have been dislocated.  But despite the odds, some public institutions in these contexts do manage to take root and effectively deliver results and core services, earn legitimacy, and forge resilience.  This new World Bank Group report examines book examines some of these success stories to understand why and how they have succeeded. Drawing on research from Lao PDR, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, and Timor Leste, the research shows that successful institutions focus on delivering results and generating legitimacy at the same time. They do this through a combination of internal management reforms and creating strong external connections to navigate their broader socio-political environment.  The authors move away from studies focused on political stability and argue that the success of individual institutions can have a broader effect on state legitimacy. 

10 Nov 2014

Learning agenda on local capacity developmentThis extensive report examines the relationship between USAID and local organisations with regards to capacity development. The research involved a historical analysis of USAID’s work, a literature review and field research involving interviews with 325 organizations in 9 countries.  The report recommends that donors should improve their understanding of context and culture, replace the 'project' mode of operation with a focus on institutional and organisational development, and change their concept of capacity to go beyond prescribed capacity asessment frameworks to second-order or soft capacities.

Event postponed: LenCD General Assembly 2014

27 Oct 2014

The 10th anniversary general assembly of the Learning Network, tentatively proposed for this December, will be postponed until a date to be confirmed in mid-2015.  Watch the website or subscribe to the email bulletin for further information.  

22 Oct 2014

DiploFoundation is now accepting applications for the online course in capacity development based on the LenCD Learning Package.  The first session of the course ran in 2013 with 21 participants and was highly successful.  The next session will take place in January 2015 and the deadline for applications is 10 December.  The course runs over nine weeks and is based on a collaborative approach to learning, involving a high level of interaction with lecturers, guest experts, and the other participants.  The course will be of interest to practitioners of capacity development and other professionals working in the development field who plan to start working specifically in capacity development.  More details are available on DiploFoundation's web site.

19 Oct 2014

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) have launched a video lecture series on impact evaluation in which 3ie experts explain key technical concepts using plain language and graphics.  If you are a programme implementer, a policymaker or a student looking to learn about how rigorous, policy-relevant impact evaluations and evidence synthesis generate valuable evidence about what development interventions have worked, how and at what cost, this lecture series is for you. No prior knowledge is required.

15 Oct 2014

Voice, empowerment and accountability (VEA) interventions aim to support poor and marginalised people to build the resources, assets, and capabilities they need to exercise greater choice and control over their own development, and to hold decision-makers to account. This guide provides an overview of the best available evidence on the impact of VEA interventions. It identifies what we know about the barriers to VEA in different contexts, and emerging lessons on how to address them.

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