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Capacity Enhancement briefs

November 2003 - September 2004


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.


This series is superceded by the Capacity Development briefs.


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Capacity Development briefs


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Why process is important for capacity enhancement: the case of Ceara (English)

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. ... See More +

Brief 33088 SEP 01, 2004

Steward, Connie Disclosed

Parliamentary strengthening: the case of Ghana (English)

This paper examines the World Bank Institute's (WBI's) first multiyear capacity enhancement program in the field of parliamentary strengthening. ... See More +

Brief 33087 JUN 01, 2004

Stapenhurst, Frederick C. Disclosed

Tools for development public sector governance reform (English)

This CE Brief proposes the Public Sector Governance Reform Cycle framework to help Bank staff and clients identify tools and techniques to assess and strengthen capacity in the public sector. ... See More +

Brief 33086 MAY 01, 2004

Wilhelm, Vera A.; Kushnarova, Inna Disclosed

Public financial accountability in Pakistan: the impact of PIFRA on capacity (English)

This paper highlights the capacity enhancement support provided under the World Bank-financed Pakistan Improvement of Financial Reporting and Auditing (PIFRA) project and six lessons learned to be considered in designing similar projects: (a) address capacity constraints at every level, that is, individual, organizational, and institutional, (b) avoid addressing an entire large country in one project, (c) avoid introducing state-of-the art technology in an environment of largely unskilled professionals, (d) avoid too many project components, (e) ensure ownership and commitment by the project agency, and (f) ensure collaboration among donors. ... See More +

Brief 33085 APR 01, 2004

Ceesay, Ismaila B. Disclosed

Building capacity in post-conflict countries (English)

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. ... See More +

Brief 33084 MAR 27, 2004

McKechnie, Alastair J. Disclosed

WBI-China health sector partnership: fourteen years and growing (English)

Structural transformation of China's economy in the 1980s and its impact on the health sector created a critical need for skills and research capacity in health economics and financing. ... See More +

Brief 33083 FEB 01, 2004

Yang, Chialing; Shanlian, Hu; Yazbeck, Abdo S. Disclosed

Monitoring and evaluation for results: lessons from Uganda (English)

Recent experience with monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in Uganda has shown how M&E can be developed to contribute to national capacity building, rather than become a demanding, but unproductive data collection exercise. ... See More +

Brief 33082 JAN 01, 2004

Hauge, Arild O.; Mackay, Keith Disclosed

Capacity enhancement at the institutional level: three case studies in telecommunications (English)

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? ... See More +

Brief 33081 DEC 01, 2003

Wilhelm, Vera; Mueller, Susanne D. Disclosed

Nurturing capacity in developing countries: from consensus to practice (English)

There is an emerging consensus that capacity building in developing countries must shift from supply-side, donor-driven to demand-led approaches. ... See More +

Brief 33080 NOV 01, 2003

Nair, Govindan G. Disclosed