Capacity Enhancement Briefs

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These briefs share best practices and lessons learned as The World Bank Institute (WBI) pursues its mission to helps people, institutions, and countries to diagnose problems that keep communities poor, to make informed choices to solve those problems, and to share what they learn with others.

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    Why Process is Important for Capacity Enhancement : The Case of Ceara
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2004-09) Steward, Connie
    Attention to process is key to capacity enhancement. The Brazilian state of Ceará, with the assistance of the World Bank, applied the accelerating results together (ART) methodology to develop and implement poverty reduction plans using cross-functional and cross-organizational teams. In this case, three teams jointly led by state secretaries and Bank leaders focused on reducing infant mortality rates, improving primary education, and maximizing income opportunities for the poor. Participants credited results to the focus on process, which merged learning with work. Other important elements were stakeholder involvement, government ownership, high-level leadership, and locally supported Bank participation.