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Over 3,000 development officials have gathered in Busan, South Korea, this week for an important forum on aid effectiveness. According to Vice President of the World Bank Institute Sanjay Pradhan, who is attending the event, capacity development has yet to attain its full potential for changing societies.
Aleem Walji, Head of the Innovation Team at the World Bank Institute, explains how the bank has applied a knowledge-based approach in combination with new technologies to revolutionise capacity development.
Rather than corruption being seen as something inherently negative, it should be understood as a practice embedded in the everyday elements of a society, according to a study on everyday corruption in Africa.
Donors and partner country leaders welcomed the fact that capacity development was recognised as a central tool for achieving sustainable development at a top level event in Busan, South Korea.
Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 18 October 2010
Why is it important to consider governance issues in sector operations and how should aid practitioners go about this? Dominique Dellicour of the Governance, Security, Justice, Human Rights and Gender unit presents EuropeAid’s approach in this video interview.
Should donors be providing more or less budget support and does it have a significant impact on poverty reduction? Is it value for money and how could it be used more effectively? These are just some of the questions the European Commission asked at a recent public consultation.
The authors of a background note, ‘Using Political Economy Analysis to Improve European Union Development Effectiveness’,  are posting a draft version of their findings in The Political Economy in Practice working group and invite interested capacity4dev members to offer their feedback. The discussion begins on the 10th October.
“Compliance with financial regulations and disbursement pressure continues to drive the agenda. In this regard, we wonder what room there is to adopt the Backbone Strategy principles,” said Enrico Strampelli Head of Development Cooperation at the EU Delegation in Tanzania, in a recent interview for capacity4dev.
Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 2 March 2011
Sue Unsworth from the Policy Practice is one of the authors of a new book, ‘An Upside Down View of Governance’, bringing critical insights on the traditional approach to governance.
Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 20 April 2010
To strengthen local governments across Africa, donors would be advised to spend more time and resources in researching and understanding local systems, according to Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi a key expert from the region. Mr Mbassi, from Cameroon, is a well known expert in decentralisation and has worked for years to promote decentralisation and local governance in Africa. He is currently the Secretary General of the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa, a gathering of 15,000 local authorities from the continent.

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