Governance, the Commonwealth experience

The political-administrative interface – The key to good public sector governance and effectiveness in Commonwealth Africa

Janet Kathyola, Adviser (Southern Africa)

A successful political-administrative interface within the public service is at the core of good public sector governance and effectiveness, which in turn is critical for improved public service delivery and the achievement of national development goals. More…

 

Strengthening sustainable capacity development in Commonwealth East Africa through strategic partnerships

Dunstan Maina, Adviser (East Africa)

Although substantial progress has been made globally in achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and other internationally agreed development goals, most Sub-Saharan African countries are unlikely to meet them by 2015. More…

 

High level retreats for cabinet ministers

Joan Nwasike, Adviser (Caribbean Region)

Over the past three years, the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Governance and Institutional Development Division (GIDD) has designed, developed and implemented high level retreats for new cabinet ministers and permanent secretaries in the Caribbean Region. This has been as a direct result of six new¬†governments being elected within this three-year period.¬†More…

Capacity-building through mentoring and coaching

Joan Nwasike, Adviser (Caribbean Region) and
Cheryl Thompson-Barrow, General Counsel, CARICOM Secretariat, Guyana

The demand for legislative drafters continues to increase in member states of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). This is due to CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), international agreements, trade and economic partnership agreements (EPAs), donor requirements, and sector reforms (e.g., finance, education, health, public sector). More…

 

Development and Evaluation Programme – Caribbean region

Joan Nwasike, Adviser (Caribbean Region)

The Development and Evaluation Programme was developed by the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Governance and Institutional Development Division (GIDD) in 2007 to fill the void in this area within the regional public services. More…

 

Capacity-building initiatives supporting good governance – Case studies of legislative drafting for Africa

Oluwatoyin Job, Adviser (West Africa)

The West Africa Regional Program (WARP) is designed to support the five West African Commonwealth countries (Cameroon, The Gambia, Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone) to build capacity and promote the efficiency and effectiveness of national and regional public sector institutions in order to realise national development priorities and the millennium development goals (MDG). More…

 

Breaking the vicious cycle of poverty through microfinance – Grameen Bank and Ujjivan Financial Services

Mohammad Jasimuddin, Acting Head, Regional Programmes Group and Adviser (Asia)

Grameen Bank was born in the village of Jobra, Bangladesh, in 1976. In 1983, it was transformed into a formal bank under a special law passed for its creation. It is owned by the poor borrowers of the bank who are mostly women, and works exclusively for them. More…