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Monitoring and evaluation [whole issue]

September 2006

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This issue of Capacity.org presents an overview of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) methods and techniques, bringing together voices and experiences from the field. The editorial urges readers to go beyond results-based M&E, taking into account programmes' ability to contribute to capacity development. David Watson describes innovative approaches to M&E, typically concerned with qualitative changes, building consensus, and encouraging learning. Includes an interview with the African Evaluation Association, a brief assessment of the results-based BRAVA programme in Brazil, a case study of outcome mapping in Ecuador, lessons from the South African Landcare programme and an article on scientific capacity for development

Learning leadership development from African cultures : a personal perspective

MALUNGA, Chiku
September 2006

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This PraxisNote supports the notion that effective leadership development strategies in Africa should be rooted in the rich cultural heritage and indigenous social practices. Crucially, the paper adopts an 'ubuntu' perspective, a world-view built around five interrelated principles: sharing and collective ownership of opportunities, responsibilities and challenges; the importance of people and relationships over things; participatory decision making and leadership; patriotism; and reconciliation as a goal of conflict management. The Note looks in some detail at the implications for leadership development of these principles and briefly discusses lessons learned

Inside voices : CBR workers stories

OKUNE, Joan
Ed
2006

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This book is an output from three CBR writing workshops held in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi with the aim to facilitate the capacity of CBR workers to communicate their experiences thus increasing documentation of CBR practices in Africa. The book contains articles based on participants’ experience of CBR and is useful to anyone interested in CBR experiences in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi

Building capacity to mainstream HIV/AIDS internally : reflecting on CABUNGO's experience with NGOs in Malawi

CABUNGO
JAMES, Rick
July 2005

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Many community service organisations (CSOs) in Malawi turn a blind eye to the impact of HIV and AIDS in their own organisation. This is partly because, although individual staff are highly aware of HIV and AIDS issues, the internal impact on their own organisation is not very visible yet, and costs are unknown. Most CSOs do not yet fully appreciate the extent of what mainstreaming HIV and AIDS in their organisation means. This brief paper contends that if the programming side of an organisation is going to be effective, it is critical for an organisation to put its own house in order and mainstream HIV and AIDS internally. It presents its case study and describes challenges encountered by 23 participating organisations. Lessons for donors, and for CSOs are elaborated

Building grassroots capacity in reproductive health : Burkina Faso case study

LANKOANDE, Fatimata
MCKAIG, Catharine
2005

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This report details the introduction of a reproductive health component to World Neighbors' rural development programmes in Burkina Faso, West Africa. This document describes the setting, the design, unique aspects of the programme, key accomplishments, and lessons learned. Key strategies included community organisation, community-based distribution of contraceptives, training of district health professionals in selected long-term contraceptive methods, strategies for involving influential people, reproductive health days, addressing other factors affecting women's health, and action learning

Building the capacity of local organizations in reproductive health : Nepal case study

GHIMIRE, Jagdish
NAKARMI, Gopal
MCKAIG, Catharine
2005

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This report describes the process World Neighbors used to partner with local non-governmental organisations in developing a reproductive health component in Terai, a rural area in the southeastern plains of Nepal. This document describes the setting, design, and unique aspects of the programme, as well as its key accomplishments and lessons learned. The central strategy of the program model is to support reproductive health (RH) through women's empowerment. A key element is the provision of RH services through local NGO-run clinics and outreach services using female providers. Within this framework run several special initiatives include: working with local NGOs that have little or no RH experience; establishing NGO-run self-reliant, rural clinics; providing outreach services linked with self-help groups; the development of formal savings and credit cooperatives (which, in turn, support the clinics); the supportive approach to monitoring and supervision, and addressing the practical needs of rural women

Community care, change and hope : local responses to HIV in Zambia

LUCAS, Sue
2004

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This case study documents a successful model for facilitating a strong community response to HIV and AIDS. The Salvation Army Change Programme in Ndola and Choma Districts in Zambia illustrates the facilitation process stimulating an appropriate local response to HIV and AIDS and essential component of human capacity development. The model builds on local strengths and resources, stimulating ordinary people to address the barriers that prevent them from using HIV and AIDS information and services to prevent new infections, compassionately care for those who are infected and mitigate the effects of the epidemic on families and the community. Only by addressing personal risk, stigma and the potential for personal and societal change will the demand for and use of voluntary counselling and testing, prevention of mother to child transmission and antiretroviral therapy services increase

Ancient roots, new shoots : endogenous development in practice

HAVERKORT, Bertus
VAN T' HOOFT, Katrien
HIEMSTRA, Wim
Eds
2003

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This book describes the approach of COMPAS, a network of partners that supports 'development from within', based on local knowledge and practices. The body of the book consists of case studies which illustrate how development can be based on locally available resources, knowledge, values and leadership institutions; how there can be genuinely local determination of development options; and how the benefits of development within local areas and communities can be fostered

Building capacities in analyzing and documenting lessons learned

BRAAKMAN, Lydia
2002

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This report documents RECOFTC's process of developing a training programme around building capacity to document experiences. It describes how a team of trainers defined case studies, and identified challenges that their partners and clients face in producing useful, clear and insightful case studies. They mapped out the writing process as they understand their partners approach it, and developed training packages to suit diverse needs in both documenting lessons, and documenting learning processes

Building skills in analysis and writing : reflecting on an international training course

BRAAKMAN, Lydia
MARSCHKE, Melissa
2002

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This report documents the challenges and lessons of a workshop designed to build participants' skills in developing case studies. It describes several of the training techniques in some detail, such as the focus on analysis at all stages in the writing process, and the need to associate case study development with storytelling, in order to foreground and legitimise the subjective nature of argumentation. The appendices include a suggested agenda for a two-week training course; an example of a case study, and the process that produced it; suggested energisers and evaluation tools; and outlines for an adaptable manual and CD-ROM based on this training course

Building organizational capacity for integrated reproductive health programs [whole issue]

WORLD NEIGHBORS (WN)
2001

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This issue of World Neighbors In Action presents three participatory learning exercises which were conducted during a 'learning exchange', as part of CEMOPLAF-World Neighbors' integrated reproductive health programme in Ecuador. The Group Investigations and the Capacity Tree exercises helped participants identify the key characteristics of an integrated reproductive health programme. The Individual Program Analysis exercise helped participants reflect on their own integrated programme initiatives

Patronage or partnership : local capacity building in humanitarian crises

SMILIE, Ian
Ed
2001

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This book reviews recent experiences in strengthening local institutions, governmental and non-governmental alike, in six countries on five continents. It examines various aspects of the tensions between international initiatives to save lives or to reconstruct the fabric of societies, and the parallel and sometimes competing international commitment to "capacitation" - to building longer term skills locally. The last chapter reviews the case studies and attempts to draw out the learning in terms of conceptual, operational, political and motivational issues

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