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Addressing the Paris Declaration – Collective Responsibility for Capacity Development

In the coming year and beyond the Learning Network on Capacity Development (LenCD) will focus its energies on key issues emerging from the Paris Declaration. We invite you to join this effort in sharing experiences, approaches and lessons.

This process includes a preparatory exchange and will convene the 2006 International Forum “Addressing the Paris Declaration – Collective Responsibility for Capacity Development” from 17th to 19th of May in Berlinfootnote image. It will further comprise a solid follow up phase to develop useful support for practitioners as well as to support country level innovation and piloting.

Please click here to download the concept paper (Link: PDF 45kb) for more details on the thematic focus of this work around the following 4 topics:

  1. Integrating CD into development strategies
  2. Establishing performance assessment frameworks for country systems
  3. Mutual accountability: Strengthening the voice of domestic stakeholders

The forum aims to identify suitable approaches and experiences in answering the challenges of programming and assessing results of Capacity Development as implied by the Paris Declaration. On the background of the four thematic issues, the expected outputs of the Forum are

1) to establish the relevance and effectiveness of existing concepts and practices,

2) to sketch elements of a common support approach among member organisations, and

3) to provide operational guidance to field staff on how to put it into practice.

But we are thinking beyond the Forum: in establishing resource corners for preparation and follow up, we intend to translate these results into new joint practices on the ground.
(See:; here LenCD, for further information).

How to get involved?

The LenCD Forum will try to distil operational answers to the challenges raised by the topics considered above. In this regard, we would welcome contributions, which show the variation of feasible and fruitful approaches to the subjects mentioned above. Both conceptual reflections and the experience of practitioners would be appreciated. If you would like to contribute please send us an outline of 1 to no more than 3 pages. (We will provide a format for a summary; in a nutshell – what is the lesson/approach/insight – why is it promising/relevant - links to supporting resources – key contacts)

For the different Topics, we would welcome the following kind of contributions:

  • Integrating CD into development strategies

    • Establish the relevance of experiences form the more limited contexts of CD assessment of the past for the programmatic level (’forward integration’);

    • Experiences with establishing a CD assessment framework at the programme level, trying to relate them to lessons learned from CD assessments in a narrower context (‘backward integration’);

    • The use of programmes’ general results-oriented frameworks as a source for the development of a CD strategy, including the assessment of CD achievements;

    • Cases in which adding the CD perspective changed or widened the scope, time frame or sequencing of the parent programmes.

  • Establishing performance assessment frameworks for country systems

    • Experiences with assessment frameworks for country systems (e.g. the performance measurement framework for public financial management systems);

    • Experiences with monitoring CD results together with or seperated from general development results;

    • How to measure capacity at the required level, how to develop appropriate indicators?

  • Mutual accountability: Strengthening the voice of domestic stakeholders

    • General experiences made with developing systems of domestic accountability for CD progress at the programme level;

    • Explicit political-economy considerations regarding the empowerment process of domestic constituencies with regard to government performance / assessing CD progress;

    • Examination of the potential tension between domestic accountability concerns and donor concerns, and reports on practical solutions found;

    • Contributions reporting on how to reconcile the accountability function with the learning function of CD assessment at programme level;

    • Reports on CD efforts favouring parliaments, NGOs and other domestic constituencies to exercise their control function vis-à-vis the state, and their own accountability for the support received.sdfas

    • Analysis of cases in which donors have played a constructive role in reconciling the ownership of partner governments with the accountability concerns of other domestic stakeholders

During the Forum we want to develop some practical guidance on how to bring about alignment, how to use existing capacities and how to harmonise support in practice. This will be done along each of the three thematic areas. Therefore we would welcome as well contributions, that a) highlight experiences of joint donor approaches to support CD and its assessment and b) examples of arriving at harmonisation of donor demands on accountability frameworks (if possible for CD).

After a process of screening we may ask for further information. Contributions will go on the website and will be used in resource corners. We will also ask some contributors to make presentations based on their contributions but these will be limited by the time available.

Please send your message to:

Thomas Wolf
Policy Advisor
Department for Strategic Corporate Development
GTZ – Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit
T: +49 61 96 79-1705
F: +49 61 96 79-7113

Who are we?

The Learning Network on Capacity Development (LenCD) promotes learning about capacity development. It is an informal network including analysts from bilateral and multilateral, governmental and nongovernmental agencies and organisations engaged in development cooperation (primarily DAC members). LenCD builds on the major efforts in recent years to improve our knowledge base on capacity development. This has included the organisation of International Symposia in Manila and Tokyo 2003 and 2004. LenCD was established at a meeting of the cosponsors of those events in June 2004 in Berlin and came out of a desire to provide greater form and visibility to CD, both as part of the DAC Network on Governance (Govnet) and beyond. (See for further information.)

footnote imagethis will be done in close cooperation with the Learning Network on Programme Based Approaches (LenPa)

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