Select examples of good practice on AAA capacity development themes
Switzerland provides good evidence, both in terms of policy and practice, on a number of themes for capacity development highlighted in the Accra Agenda. In particular, Switzerland:
- Enables local civil society and the private sector to play their development role. Recognising that development of emerging economies is based mainly on the private sector, it is one of SECO’s principles to foster the role of the private sector by providing financial resources and technical expertise (CH, 2008b).
- Ensures integration of capacity development priorities in national, sector and thematic strategies: Switzerland participates in multi-stakeholder mechanisms to address capacity issues. In Albania, it supports the Integrated Planning System, a multi-donor trust fund that finances capacity development of government. It facilitates the establishment of structures and processes necessary to implement Albania’s national development and integration strategy (Annex D).
- Addresses systemic impediments to local capacity development. A challenge many donors struggle with is the high turnover of staff at partner government ministries, often politically motivated, and the resulting frequent change of counterparts. Good practice has been developed to cope with this difficulty in Albania, where donors and the government agreed that all technical-level functions in ministries should have terms of reference and recruitment should be performance-based. Swiss co‑operation in Albania emphasises continuous public information on programmes (each programme has a website) to allow new staff to inform themselves quickly. Finally, it balances its support to the government with support to NGOs to avoid overdependence on the administration. (Box 10 p.81)