LenCD General Assembly 2013: Change Management and Making Reform Happen

Alfredo Mazive

Jim Armstrong

Sam and Theisohn

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Thursday 20 June
Change Management and Making Reform Happen: Learning about institutional reform


Registration & networking


Plenary 1

Moderator: Mark Nelson, LenCD co-chair, World Bank Institute (WBI)
Rapporteur: Godje Bialluch, GIZ & LenCD Steering Group

Opening remarks
Jan ten Bloemendal, Head of Unit "Quality of Delivery Systems" in Directorate General for Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid

Framing the learning event: notions, objectives, expected outcomes
Mark Nelson, LenCD Co-Chair, World Bank Institute (WBI)

Post-Busan Building Block: Effective Institutions Platform (EIP)
Steve Pierce, Co-chair EIP, United States

Workflow, ground rules , getting started
Thomas Theisohn,


Coffee break & networking


Case experiences – Session 1a

Moderator: Sara Fyson, OECD/DAC
Rapporteur: Brian Lucas, LenCD

Tools and Approaches  - Session 2a

Moderator: Paul Riembault, EC
Rapporteur: Sally Berman, FAO

Rwanda: Strategic Approach to Capacity Building in priority sectors

Comfort  Mbabazi, Coordinator, Strategic Capacity Building Initiative  Public Sector Capacity Building Secretariat (PSCBS)

PSCBS is coordinating a Strategic Capacity Building Initiative (SCBI) that is the government’s new approach to capacity building in the public sector. It is government-driven, priority-focused, and links capacity building to delivery of outcomes. It has been piloted in four priority areas: electricity; agriculture (crop intensification programme); generating revenue through mining; and private sector development (investment promotion and deal conversion). The pilot phase is currently supported by the World Bank and UNDP; more development partners have also expressed interest in supporting the SCBI framework. The presentation will cover: background of capacity building in Rwanda, introduction to the Strategic Capacity Building initiative, delivery chain, key institutions and their strategic goals, the principle of skills transfer and early success stories.

ODI’s analytical framework for evaluating change processes

Heidi Tavakoli and Rebecca Simson, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Centre for Aid and Public Expenditure

Governance constraints and weak institutions are a major cause of poor public service delivery in developing countries. ODI looked at four aid programmes in lower-income countries and identified six enabling factors: responding to windows of opportunity for reform; focusing on reforms with tangible political payoffs; building on what’s there and supporting the implementation of existing mandates; moving beyond policy advice; facilitating local problem solving and collective action solutions; and being adaptive and responsive to learning  about what works and doesn’t.

Nigeria: Reforming the Unreformable

Dr. Joe Abah, National Programme Manager, State Partnership for Accountability, Responsiveness and Capability, Nigeria

Dr. Abah will discuss issues of institutional reform in environments where society can almost appear to have been deliberately designed to be dysfunctional. He will present what SPARC has done to overcome the various institutional constraints, the results that have been achieved, and the lessons learnt along the way.

European Commission: Rapid Assessment of Capacities (RAC) - A methodology pilot tested in Bolivia, Ukraine, Chad

Enzo Caputo and Jaime Rojas, RAC Team

The Rapid Assessment of Capacity Development (RAC) is a non-invasive approach that aims to assess capacity development achievements focusing on the effects that the interaction with a development intervention generates at individual and institutional level. Focusing on individual and/or institutional capacity development processes and achievements, the RAC complements the standard programme evaluation and provides valuable knowledge on ownership and institutional building.



Case experiences  - Session 1b

Moderator: Florence Nazare, NEPAD
Niels Keijzer, DIE

Tools and Approaches  - Session 2b

Moderator: Godje Bialluch, GIZ
Rapporteur: Wangu Mwangi, Capacity.org

Ghana: The IEA’s leadership in reforming the presidential transition process

Dr. Michael Ofori-Mensah, Policy Analyst, The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA-Ghana)

In 2001, political power was transferred from one democratically elected president to another for the first time in Ghana’s history, but the transition was characterized by administrative lapses and political acrimony. The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA-Ghana) identified sources of tension, proposed guidelines for future transitions, and collaborated with political parties to develop a transition framework which was implemented in law in 2012. This presentation will outline the IEA’s approach of building the capacity of policymakers and key stakeholders as a strategic tool of influence in pursuing institutional reforms.

Trends in coalition building at sub-national levels within Eastern and Southern Africa

Janet Awimbo, Coordinator for the East and Southern Africa Regional Advisory Boards of the Global Greengrants Fund

At sub-national levels, it is difficult to determine whether efforts towards multi-stakeholder collaboration and coalition building will be successful or sustainable.  There are also challenges in documenting experiences and results, and sharing lessons learned. There is continued need to develop the capacity of organisations for linkage and coalition building, including strengthening engagement with the decision makers and practitioners whose actions may enable or hamper coalitions.

Mozambique: Experiences with approaches to institutional effectiveness

Alfredo Mazive, CEO, Academia de Desenvolvimento Humano e Organizacional Wumunho in Maputo, Mozambique

A report on lessons learnt from working in public sector reform and experiences collected in working with civil society organizations in Mozambique since 2004. The presentation will examine the latest theories and approaches on institutional effective and change management practiced by OD professionals. Factors such as the demand-driven, institutional ownership of the change agenda and focus, process and outcomes; the need to align institutional effectiveness with its strategic goals and service delivery; the need to involve the whole system; the need to address transition and transformation to sustain change will be discussed.

Organisational Assessment and the dynamics of change

Jos Brand, Institutional development Advisor, Organisational Psychologist

How can organisational assessment (OA) processes and instruments be developed so that it supports change?  This was a main question when a number of Dutch INGOs with their Southern partners entered a joined learning programme that lasted for 1.5 years. This session will present the main lessons learned from this programme. The lessons go beyond manuals and instructions, they touch upon intangibles like roles and relationships. Support organisations will need to be aware of its implications for policy and practice.




Key Note:
Improving Institutional Capacity Development: Bright Spots
Dr Jim Amstrong
, President, The Governance Network

Jim Armstrong will engage in a discussion about an emerging approach to international capacity development at the system-wide level of governments, public services, ministries, and institutions. His examination of bright spots in system-wide CD interventions reveals clear emerging patterns that call upon international capacity developers and change agents to acquire new skills and alter traditional roles that they play. Improving the success of international CD depends upon a shift away from the standard approach taken by most IFIs. He concludes with a discussion about moving toward more demand driven, less prescriptive approaches and other barriers to improvement.

Moderator: Lawrencia Adams, LenCD Coordinator
Rapporteur: María Sancho Hidalga European Commission EuropeAID - Quality of Delivery Systems


CSOs leading reform processes through capacity development

Koen Faber, Double Loop: Learning for Social Development
Jos Brand, Institutional development Advisor, Organisational Psychologist
Brian Lucas, Knowledge Manager, LenCD

Rapporteur: Christoforos Korakas, EC Capacity4Dev Platform Manager

Civil society and the private sector agents are important actors in institutional reform processes. The purpose of the workshopis to explore the roles that civil society organisations (CSOs) can play in promoting institutional reform at the national level, to learn from experiences of CSOs’ engagement in institutional reform processes in various contexts, and to begin developing a framework for understanding the roles that CSOs can play in institutional reform and the ways in which their capacity to engage can be supported.


Coffee break & networking


Plenary 3
Pathways to institutional reform and concrete initiatives

Moderator: Lawrencia Adams, LenCD Coordinator
Rapporteurs: Rebecca Simson, ODI and Rose Wanjiru, LenCD Steering Group

What evidence of factors for success or failure, lessons and perspectives?
Ideas for concrete action/ initiatives / partnerships on the way forward?
Other important points to retain?

This session will be organized as an interactive Forum, where all participants will be invited to share their respective harvest of insights, vision and ideas.

Please do not be surprised if you are asked to step up to the speakers corner in this forum!




Some suggestions for evening activities in Brussels can be found at: www.agenda.be or http://visitbrussels.be

Walking tour suggestions at: http://visitbrussels.be/bitc/BE_en/do-see/to-do/walks.do


LenCD Steering Group dinner meeting


Friday 21 June
LenCD Assembly - Business day


Plenary 1

Moderator: Mark Nelson, LenCD co-chair, World Bank Institute (WBI)
Rapporteur: Reinhard Bodemeyer,
German International Cooperation (GIZ)

Opening Remarks
Kobena Hanson, LenCD co-chair, African Capacity Building Foundations  (ACBF)

Where do we come from - Where are we heading
Progress report 2011-2013, lessons, challenges, opportunities

Lawrencia Adams, LenCD Coordinator
Petrus van de Pol, LenCD/UNDP Project Manager
Brian Lucas, LenCD Knowledge Manager 

Q&A - Discussion

Renewal of Steering Group & Election of co-chairs


Coffee & networking


Plenary 2

A partnership opportunity: What role can LenCD play in supporting the Effective Institutions Platform (EIP)?

Moderators: Lawrencia Adams( LenCD)  and Sara Fyson (OECD/DAC)
Rapporteur: Florence Nazare, NEPAD & LenCD Steering Group

Reflecting and going forward on commitments made in Jo’burg.
This plenary session will introduce the issues following the presentation also on day 1.
Ideas on how LenCD could support the Platform will be further discussed in a dedicated working group.


Parallel working groups

Working Group 1:
LenCD engagement with the Effective Institutions Platform

Lawrencia Adams

Laure-Hélène Piron

Identify concrete areas and modes of collaboration. This working group follows up on the above plenary.

Working Group 2:
Promoting CD facilitation
in Africa

Rose Wanjiru

Alfredo Mazive

Identify specific steps to launch an Africa Initiative to Help Bridge the Gap between Organisational Development and Capacity Development

Working Group 3:
Connecting CD Platforms: Web developers forum

Brian Lucas

Petrus van de Pol

Plan specific initiatives for developing links, rationalizing work and collaboration between platforms with focus on capacity development

Working Group 4:
Capacity Development 
as engine for results

Mark Nelson

Sonia Juglan

A persistent and critical challenge: How to advocate, shape, apply and support results systems that operationalize CD as transformational process of change?


Lunch & networking


Plenary 3

LenCD priorities and work plan for 2013-14

Moderator: Lawrencia Adams – Rapporteur: Brian Lucas

Reporting back from the working groups
Working Group 1:  LenCD engagement with the Effective Institutions Platform
Working Group 2:  An initiative to promote CD facilitation in Africa
Working Group 3:  Connecting CD Platforms: Web developers forum
Working Group 4: Capacity Development  as engine for results

Q&A & Plenary discussion on other priorities and issues


Plenary 4
LenCD's 10th anniversary 9 June 2014

Moderator: Paul Riembault – Rapporteur: Janet Awimbo

Thinking out of the box: Which business model for another ten years?
Buzz groups and Plenary Discussion


Coffee & networking


Plenary 5

Moderator: incoming co-chair
Rapporteur: Brian Lucas

Conclusions and next steps
Incoming Steering Group

Incoming Co-chairs

Previous General Assemblies

The last time LenCD held a "general assembly" was in 2011 in Kigali, Rwanda.  A new LenCD charter was adopted, the steering group was expanded to include broader representation from a greater diversity of organisations, and significant progress was made on several important initiatives in the LenCD work plan including sharpening our messages for the Busan high-level forum on aid effectiveness, developing a workplan for improving knowledge management across LenCD, developing a learning package on capacity development, and strengthening connections with and among regional networks.

Event details
Thursday, 20 June, 2013
Brussels, Belgium
Event type: 
LenCD network event