I am writing to share an experience that reconfirmed for me the critical role that movements like APODEA (Association for Practicing OD in East Africa)  can play towards capacity development in the region.

Dilu Massanja a programme officer at EASUN and myself (EASUN OD Associate) attended a meeting organized by Devex International to discuss the particular issue of localizing development aid, through partnership with locally based organizations. The meeting, held in Nairobi Kenya in October 2013, was a partnership forum that brought together over 400 people representing African companies, NGOs (many from E.A), government agencies, International NGOs and their implementing partners, multi-national corporations, leading foundations and donor agencies.