Launch of the LENCD publication 'CAPACITY - RESULTS: Case stories on capacity development and development results

Capacity development is at the core of development; it has to do with political processes and cultural and societal changes. These processes produce long-lasting transformation, but they are also long-term and very complex in nature. While results from these processes manifest themselves at different levels and at different times, development actors in countries and in development organisations face challenges with capturing them. The results frameworks that are widely adopted in development practice are most often founded on ‘hard’ results (i.e. number of schools built, water wells dug, roads constructed). However, such results frameworks have usually proven to be unsuitable to capture results deriving from longer and more complex processes of capacity development, such as nurturing inclusive ownership, accountability and change in organizational performance.

Against the backdrop of this discussion about sustainable results, capacity development and results frameworks, we are pleased to share with you the LenCD publication:'CAPACITY - RESULTS: Case stories on capacity development and development results, available from the LenCD web site at

The LenCD publication 'CAPACITY - RESULTS' is a collection of stories that showcase how endogenous investments in capacity development have led, over time, to produce short, medium and long-term sustainable results. These stories tell how investments in leadership capacity, coalitions for change, knowledge and skills and other capacity assets, have led, over time, to better performing public institutions, communities and civil society organizations; and how these, in turn, have contributed to better health services and outcomes, economic policies and other sustainable development results that have benefited the people. This publication is the results of the collaboration of LenCD partners, representing more than thirty organisations, including government institutions, bilateral and multilateral organizations, and non-governmental and civil society organizations.  

These stories provide evidence in support of the joint statement on results and capacity development, which was developed earlier this year through a consultation process with members of the network. The joint statement stresses that meaningful, sustainable results are premised on proper investments in capacity development and that these results materialize at different levels and at different times, along countries’ development trajectory.

We would like to thank our partners who have contributed with their powerful stories on investments in capacity development; Stella Mugabo, from the Rwandan Public Sector Capacity Building Secretariat, for having shared the capacity development experience of Rwanda in the foreword; and IBON Foundation, for having led and shared the cost of the production of this publication.

We also would like to invite you to join the ongoing discussion on results and capacity development in the LenCD discussion forum at:


Apollinaire Ndorukwigira and Mark Nelson, LenCD Co-Chairs