Scaling-Up Integrated Local Development Innovations

05 Dec 2011

Supporting transformational change: country case studies


Scaling-up integrated local development innovations is key to achieving sustainable and equitable development, especially when these innovations are driven by national and local governments and actors. In order to best support countries to scale up proven local successes and achieve transformational changes, the UNDP Poverty Practice of the Bureau for Development Policy (BDP) works to build a solid knowledge base and to uncover systematically the enabling environment and drivers for scaling up. In this context, together with the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation we have jointly initiated a series of case studies of “scaled up” development cases. Learning from these country cases, we aim to identify key policy, institutional and political enablers and drivers for a successful scaling up process, and to inspire development partners to transform innovations into sustainable development results.

These case studies demonstrate how countries, ranging from middle income countries (such as China, Costa Rica and Mexico) to low income and least developed countries (such as Mongolia and Nepal), were able to drive these processes. Their success, built on leadership and vision, was mainly relying on their own resources and human capacities. Each country story showcases a different development challenge and response.

    Scaling up Islamic Microfinance in Bangladesh through the Private Sector: Experience of Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited (IBBL)

    This case study analyses the key enablers that facilitated the expansion of the Rural Development Scheme (RDS) in Bangladesh, from a pilot project covering four villages in 1995 to a widely recognized model in poverty alleviation benefiting more than 600,000 people.

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    Public-Private Partnership: Equalizing Higher Education Opportunities Through Credit Insurance for Youth from Poor Households in China

    The credit insurance scheme introduced by a private insurance company tackled the scaling up bottleneck of China's Government Subsidized Student Loan Scheme (GSSLS) through win-win public-private partnership.

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    China: Agriculture Extension Special Task Force (AESTF)

    Demand-driven and market-oriented mechanisms link farmers more directly to improved technology, new business models and product markets.

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    Costa Rica: Contribution of National Parks and Biological Reserves to Economic and Social Development
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    Mobilizing civil society, academia, government agencies and the private sector to share their knowledge and practical experiences,  based on a common agenda and mutual interests.

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    Mexico: Scaling Up Progresa/Oportunidades – Conditional Cash Transfer Programme
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    Administered by the Federal Government of Mexico, direct cash payments are provided to eligible poor and vulnerable households.

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    Mongolia: Institutional Transformation - Story of XacBank
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    XacBank of Mongolia has transitioned from a microfinance/non-bank financial institution to the fourth largest commercial bank in Mongolia.

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    Nepal: Scaling Up Decentralized Energy Services
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    The Rural Energy Development Programme (REDP) introduced decentralized renewable energy services to the most remote populations of Nepal, which has one of the lowest rates of per capita electricity consumption in the world.

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    Related resource - Supporting Transformational Change
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    This publication reflects on UNDP’s experience of development cooperation over the past 50 years, and extracts some common themes and general lessons about development cooperation for the future.  

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