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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Parliamentary Strengthening : The Case of Ghana(World Bank, Washington, DC, 2004-06) Stapenhurst, Frederick C.This paper examines the World Bank Institute's (WBI's) first multiyear capacity enhancement program in the field of parliamentary strengthening. Seven lessons have emerged: (a) strong domestic political support is necessary, (b) parliamentary strengthening activities should complement broader governance reform efforts, (c) training activities should be integrated into broader parliamentary capacity-building initiatives, (d) training activities need to reflect the evolving parliamentary agenda, (e) a nonpartisan approach is essential, (f) activities must connect with the administrative structure of parliament, and (g) parliamentary committees benefit enormously from direct interface with international organizations, among others, the World Bank and Parliamentary Centre.
Building Capacity in Post-Conflict Countries(World Bank, Washington, DC, 2004-03) McKechnie, Alastair J.This brief looks at the challenge of building capacity in post-conflict countries, reviews options for creating capacity, and identifies trade-offs between a rapid result and longer-term impacts of capacity strategies. Six lessons for more sustainable approaches to capacity building are identified: (a) leadership matters, (b) incentives also matter, (c) build on what exists, (d) arrange learning activities within a country wherever possible, (e) training needs to be defined in its strategic capacity, and (f) training should build on the comparative advantage of international partners.
Capacity Enhancement at the Institutional Level : Three Case Studies in Telecommunications(World Bank, Washington, DC, 2003-12) Wilhelm, Vera ; Mueller, Susanne D.How can the Bank or other development agencies more effectively support capacity enhancement (CE) in client countries? Is there a more systematic way to design and track capacity enhancement activities? Experience in telecom reform in Mali, Mauritania, and Morocco provides insights into the different opportunities and constraints that different countries face in implementing very similar reforms. It forms the basis for proposing a three-way framework for analyzing needs and planning capacity enhancement assistance.