About LenCD

LenCD was active from 2004 until 2016. This website archives many of the materials accumulated while the network was active, but the website is no longer maintained.

LenCD is an informal and open Learning Network on Capacity Development. It is a network of individuals and organisations sharing a common interest in improving capacity development practice.

The network aims to promote and facilitate sharing of lessons and learning on capacity development and promote changes for better practice at the global, regional and local levels.  Its specific strategic objectives are to:

LenCD meeting in Nairobi in 2006
  • Strengthen evidence and facilitate dissemination of good practice
  • Facilitate collective initiatives and processes needed to close “learning loops” and promote change
  • Promote integration of CD into mainstream development policy
  • Support regional and local initiatives to help change in CD practice on the ground

LenCD initiatives depend on energy from network members and partners, their shared interests and resources. Its initiatives include thematic and regional working groups, development of specific products, vetting of research and policy development, and sharing of knowledge through online resources, knowledge fares and other mechanisms.

The network emerged from several streams of research and conferences and was established in June 2004.  LenCD was instrumental in organizing a roundtable on capacity development as part of the Paris High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness and in helping to develop a widely agreed reference paper “The Challenge of Capacity Development: Working Towards Good Practice” adopted by the DAC in 2006, and has continued to play a critical role in connecting the capacity development community, facilitating learning and dialogue around capacity development, and informing policies and practice on the ground.

Progress reports

General assemblies


LenCD meeting
  • LenCD Charter
  • Steering group members:
    • African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF): new representative to be confirmed (Co-Chair)
    • European Commission (EuropeAid): Daniele Di-Pillo (Co-Chair)
    • Ibon & Reality of Aid: Jennifer del Rosario-Malonzo
    • Public Sector Capacity Building Secretariat (PSCBS), Government of Rwanda: Peter Malinga
    • NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency: Florence Nazare
    • Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) (OEKC): Sally Berman  
    • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP): Peter van de Pol
    • World Bank Institute (WBI): Seth Ayers
    • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ): Godje Bialluch/Jirka Vierhaus
    • Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC): Bart Horemans
    • Centre for Economic Governance, Nairobi, Kenya: Rose Wanjiru
    • OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC): Jennifer Moreau