This post originally appeared on the World Economic Forum's website. As I stood in New York’s Penn Station on Sunday, commuters in suits and tourists wearing I Love New York T-shirts waited for their trains to Boston, Washington DC and beyond. But looking out over this sea of people, I realised I could only see the tops of their heads. Everyone...
As the International Forum for National NGOs Platform articulated in its recent discussion paper, Developing the Capacities of Civil Society for a Successful Implementation of the 2030 Agenda, there is an “urgent need for the international political community to plan for, and fully resource, a coordinated approach to capacity development.” With...
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Sitting in the Cambodian humidity, in an open-air council hall in Pursat with storm clouds rolling in the distance, I had to wonder if I would have found myself here were it not for the concept of user-centered design.
On June 7, Pact’s office in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, received a delegation from the Government of the Netherlands. The Special Envoy for Natural Resources of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dirk Jan Koch, accompanied by Hans Raadschilders, Maarten Heetderks, and Jolien Van Ooijen, visited activities implemented by the Scaling Up...
Results and measurement are hot topics in international development. Many of these discussions focus on how best to measure the value of our programs, particularly in environments where it is hard to predict or pre-define outcomes. Measuring outputs is easy. How many children were weighed? How many trainings were held? It is harder to capture the...
Pact practices capacity development to ensure lasting change based on local leadership. Over our 45-year history of capacity development in more than 30 countries, we’ve seen that while capacity development includes individuals and organizations, long-term change requires a strengthened system.
The focus for this year’s African Evaluation Association (AfrEA) international conference in Kampala, Uganda, was progress. The conference, held last month, brought together 500 monitoring and evaluation professionals under the theme, “Evaluation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Opportunities and Challenges for Africa.”
A version of this article originally appeared in The Link, LINKAGES quarterly newsletter, and has been posted with permission.
The best way to ensure sustainable impact is by developing the capacity of local organizations and communities to solve local problems. It is why all Pact projects include developing local capacity. Pact’s brand of capacity development puts the power of international best practices in service provision, management, monitoring and evaluation in the...
Twenty-five years ago, I moved with my husband to his home country—a developing nation where, for the first time in my life, I saw the impacts of real poverty. There, I learned that with access to economic opportunities, families can change even the direst of circumstances. It changed my direction and career forever.
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