Capacity WORKS is GTZ’s new management model for sustainable development. It supports the steering of international cooperation projects and programmes. Using five success factors, the cooperating partners structure the projects, evaluate each step along the way and identify necessary interventions. This makes the measures more transparent and increases the scope for action by the partners involved. Capacity WORKS facilitates the management of complex projects and boosts their sustainable results. Capacity WORKS also provides the basis for knowledge and quality management in cooperation activities. Capacity WORKS is now being systematically introduced in GTZ’s international cooperation projects and programmes, and integrated into all the company’s relevant standard instruments. Not least, GTZ will also be making expertise in Capacity WORKS a requirement in its future job openings. GTZ has concluded a framework agreement with AGEG Consultants eG to act as ‘Capacity WORKS multipliers’ by training both individual consultants and consulting companies in Capacity WORKS, and keeping them updated on a regular basis. GTZ will accept certificates of participation issued by AGEG. See our German Website for courses: http://www.ageg.de/capacity_works_training
Capacity WORKS for the Consulting Business
Germany, different locations, starting July 2009
Capacity WORKS is GTZ’s new management model for sustainable development.
AGEG Consultants eG is offering a series of certificate seminars on behalf of GTZ. GTZ will also be making expertise in Capacity WORKS a requirement in its future job openings. See our German Website for courses or contact Ms. Bettina Nasgowitz, b.nasgowitz @ ageg.de, on tel. +49 7021-970 87-17.
Join The SEEP Network Online Conference
From July 6-10, The SEEP Network’s Enterprise Development Exchange will host an online conference, Understanding and Accessing Social Investment, to discuss the emerging world of ‘‘social investment”, a range of capital targeted to entrepreneurial approaches to social and environmental problems.
Fourth Annual African Microfinance Conference
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 7 – 10 July 2009
The conference will focus on the issue of access to financial services for small and medium sized African entrepreneurs, operating both in the rural and the urban areas. The Organizing Committee views this issue as the biggest challenge in microfinance for the African continent.
New Developments in Reporting Standards for the Microfinance Industry
Live Event + Webinar (July 15) and Online Discussion (July 21 – 23)
Two events addressing key issues: Update on the Microfinance Reporting Standards Initiative; Financial transparency and reporting by MFIs; Reporting ratios for savings and capital adequacy. Hosted by Financial Services WG and microLINKS.
Conference on Global Financial Crisis: Regional Cooperation and Architecture Policy Issues
Tokyo, Japan, 16 July 2009
Fortbildungsprogramm Evaluation in der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit (FEEZ)
Germany, 3 Sessions, 16 Jul – 17 Oct 2009
FEEZ is offering a package of 3 modules on Evaluation in German language.
Advocacy and Policy Influencing
Oxford, UK, 20-24 July
This INTRAC course gives participants a thorough understanding of how to influence the policy making process in their own context. Enhance your ability to lobby decision makers, and gain confidence in the ways in which you relate to them – give new life to your advocacy work!
Frankfurt School of Finance and Management: Housing Finance Summer Academy 2009. Frankfurt, Germany, 26-31 July 2009
Housing finance in developing and emerging countries is growing rapidly even in a challenging business environment. Issues related to origination, underwriting, monitoring and funding alternatives of mortgage loans require specialised knowledge in the area.
Value Chain Concept
Ede, Netherlands, 24-28 August 2009, MFG Training and Consultancy
Again, this course is designed and conducted in association with Hans Posthumus Consultancy.
2nd Bonn Conference on International Development Policy – New Impulses for Development Cooperation between Federal States, Regions and Local Authorities
Bonn, Germany, 27 -28 August 2009
Tying in with the resolution of the Minister-Presidents’ conference on the development policy of German federal states (October 2008), the theme of the conference will be the role of sub-national players in development policy: What position do Europe’s federal states, regions and local authorities assume within the new development cooperation structure? How can their policy be reconciled with the objectives of the Paris Declaration?
Value Chain Program Design: Promoting Market-Based Solutions for MSMEs
Chiang Mai, Thailand, 7-11 Sep 2009, Action for Enterprise
Urban-rural linkages and migration – a potential for poverty alleviation in developing countries?
Dortmund, Germany, 16-17 September 2009, Techische Universität
Researchers, policy makers and practitioners will jointly discuss the relevance of rural-urban migration for poverty alleviation, and implications for governance and development co-operation. The conference is organised by the Department of Spatial Planning in Developing Countries (REL/SPRING) of the Faculty of Spatial Planning , TU Dortmund, the German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and the Working Group Regional and Local Development (ReKomEnt) with participation of AGEG Consultants eG. Contact: eva.gehrmann @ tu-dortmund.de.
Sustainable Livelihoods and Pro-Poor Market Development
Open now until 16 July at Enterprise Development Exchange (EDX)!
Online discussion invited by the Market Facilitation Initiative (MaFI). To register for the EDX and the discussion, please go to http://communities.seepnetwork.org/edexchange/node/362 and join.
Ex-ante Poverty Impact Assessment (PIA)
Bonn, Germany, 7-9 October 2009, AGEG Consultants eG, GTZ
GTZ and AGEG cordially invite participants from donor organizations, implementing organisations as well as consultants either from head offices or abroad, and from partner countries. At the end of this training course, you will be able to conduct a PIA based on the methodology and different modules proposed by POVNET. This course is offered by AGEG Consultants eG in cooperation with GTZ and the team of trainers Mohan Dhamotharan and Andrea Warner. It was developed by the GTZ project Mainstreaming Poverty Reduction. Apply until 15 July 2009: Ms. Bettina Nasgowitz, b.nasgowitz @ ageg.de, on tel. +49 7021-970 87-17. More on PIA: http://www.weitzenegger.de/en/pia.html
The Economics of Corruption
Passau, Germany, 10 – 17 October 2009
A University Training in Good Governance and Reform – The University of Passau and Transparency International.
2009 International Forum on Remittances
Tunis, Tunisia, 22-23 Oct 2009, IFAD
Remittances, business models and technology fair will run parallel to the Forum to allow private-sector entities and other stakeholders to exhibit their products and services.
European Development Days 2009
Stockholm, Sweden, 22-24 October 2009
Yearly event hosted jointly by the European Commission and the EU Presidency. The European Development Days bring some 4000 people and 1500 organisations from the development community together on an equal footing. Delegates from 125 countries are represented, including heads of state and leading world figures, Nobel prizewinners among them. The event aims to make development aid more effective, to build a global coalition against poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Through frank and sometimes controversial debates on pressing issues, such as governance, poverty and environmental sustainability, the European Development Days provide unprecedented opportunities for sharing ideas and launching innovative partnerships. Source: European Commission.
5th International Microinsurance Conference
Dakar, Senegal- 3-5 Nov 2009
Microinsurance Network, the Munich Re Foundation.
International CEFE Conference 2009
Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 24-27 Nov 2009, Instituto Centro CAPE
Conference language shall be Spanisch and Portuguese. Contact: ccape @ centrocape.org.br .
Promoting Global Value Chains: The Role of Governance
Maastricht, Netherlands, 26-27 Nov 2009, EADI
The workshop will explore the role of external and internal governance in promoting sustainable global value chains and other related topics.
Fragmentation in a Globalised World
Paris, France, 9 December 2009
7th AFD/EUDN Conference
Online Training-of-Trainers: Using USAID Poverty Assessment Tools
Free online version of the PAT training-of-trainers. It is a self-paced course that can be completed in ~20 hours. IRIS Trainers monitor the course daily and provide feedback on certain activities, including participants’ PAT implementation plans, the guided creation of which is a significant component of the training. Info: Margaret Richards, mrichards @ iris.econ.umd.edu
Course on agribusiness management for producers’ associations
The manual is aimed at improving the agribusiness management capabilities of leaders and managers of producers’ associations as well as those of technicians from government, NGOs and the private sector, who provide technical assistance to agro-enterprises. It is addressed to small and medium size producers’ associations with experience in production and marketing of agricultural products.
Music against poverty contest
Young EU citizens are invited to share their message on fighting poverty and development through a music contest organised by the European Commission’s cooperation office EuropeAid.
This GTZ-manual provides an encompassing and concise overview of methods and instruments of cluster management. It was developed in Croatia commissioned by the GTZ and financed by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). It is, however, not only applicable to Croatia and to other transformation countries, but by all means suitable for a worldwide use. In addition to being useful for cluster management as such, it can also be applied to other forms of enterprise cooperation which go beyond pure supplier-buyer-relationships.
Part A: Overview.
Cluster Management – A Practical Guide. Part B: Tools
German version: Überblick: http://www2.gtz.de/dokumente/bib/07-1492.pdf, Tools: http://www2.gtz.de/dokumente/bib/07-1494.pdf
Local and Regional Economic Development – Towards a common framework for GTZ’s LRED interventions in South Africa
Anja Ruecker, Gabriele Trah / GTZ, Divsion 41 Economic Development and Employment 2007, This handbook for LRED practitioners is based on GTZ’s recent experience in supporting Local and Regional Economic Development (LRED) in South Africa. It enriches and enhances GTZ’s general conceptual approach to LRED with practical experiences, further concepts and additional tools based on the LRED experience of a variety of programmes. These programmes provide a diverse range of knowledge and experience by looking at LRED from different angles, such as Rural Economic and Enterprise Development (REED), Local Economic Development (LED) and Community-based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM). This handbook presents the result of these efforts: a common framework on LRED, which aims to enable LRED practitioners – implementers and designers of projects, programmes or initiatives – to approach LRED from a strategic and conceptual angle, which can guide the application of tools and instruments and orient the facilitation of LRED processes in different contexts. http://www2.gtz.de/wbf/doc/gtz_LRED_manuscript_ii.pdf
GTZ’s product-oriented knowledge management system brings together conceptual approaches and the practical experience acquired in Asia and worldwide. A new Website contains a selection of some of the key documents that set out GTZ’s concept and experience, specifically highlighting the approaches and good practices which were be presented at the Asia Consultative Conference. http://www2.gtz.de/wbf/BE_Bangkok_2006/
Promoting region-specific development, whether in the framework of economic development or by strengthening administrative structures, is one of the most important themes of Development Cooperation. The contributions (concepts, instruments, and lessons learned) presented in this collection provide an impressive insight into the wide range of GTZ’s experiences and its abilities in the field of local/regional economic development in South-Eastern Europe. http://www2.gtz.de/dokumente/bib/06-0650.pdf
This new GTZ discussion paper by Axel Mierke examines the potential that SED/PSD interventions have in contributing to conflict prevention and peace building. The paper is based on desk research, discussions with practitioners and three case studies. Practical experiences extracted from case studies and other reports illustrate the findings. The Annex provides details on the case studies of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Kosovo and Afghanistan.
This publication is a product of a Task Force of GTZ’s network. It traces the metamorphosis of thinking in the enterprise development community and more specifically within GTZ over the last 10 years. It shows how an organization that embraces change is able to significantly contribute to the emergence of a new agenda based on market development approaches to increasing the access of the private sector to better and more effective services from public and private organizations. We hope that you will appreciate this candid and analytical reflection of our learning process.
German Development Cooperation Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul wants to streamline the country’s institutional structure in order to make cooperation more efficient, flexible, and manageable. The Minister now published a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers on models for joining the technical cooperation agency GTZ with the Development Bank KfW. A decision on the merger will be taken later this year.http://www.bmz.de/de/presse/aktuelleMeldungen/20060707_pwc1/index.html