About us

Who We Are

Capacity and Development Services (CAPDEV) is a Multi-Disciplinary, Multi-National Developmental entity committed to contributing to Africa’s development by providing strategic support through capacity strengthening, capacity building and training, applied research, development strategic planning, development management, technical assistance, mobilisation of partnerships and coordination to institutions and countries, working on development issues in Africa.

CAPDEV was established in 2006 by Mr. Samuel A Nyambi, assisted by Mrs. Olivia Mbazang-Nyambi. Mr. Nyambi led the entity as the Executive Coordinator from its inception until 02 February 2017 when he suddenly passed on. He was also serving as Principal Facilitator for the AU-led African Solidarity Initiative (ASI).

Mr. Nyambi had over twenty-five years of working experience within the UN system; he handled high level responsibilities, including serving as UNDP Resident Coordinator and Chair of the UN Regional Directors’ Team for Southern Africa. He has provided development support, strategic planning, managerial/advisory services for the UN/UNDP, NEPAD, AU, APRM, ACBF as well as various regional development-based organizations; he has also worked closely with governments, international organizations, civil society organizations, and private sector entities… (Mr. Nyambi’s profile).

CAPDEV is based in South Africa and engaged in continent-wide development issues in Africa; collaborating and supporting the lead work of Africa’s key continental organizations as well as international/United Nations system, partner organizations, and Civil Society/Non-Governmental organizations such as (Partners/organisations we work with).


CAPDEV believes that the time has come to draw on the many decades of development practice experiences in Africa, as a basis for generating innovative and contextualized approaches for taking Africa’s human development agenda to the next level. We are dedicated to strengthening human and institutional capacity of development organizations, development practitioners and stakeholder groups in Africa in a number of ways involving strategic work on key themes and issues.

Africa is richly endowed with natural resources as well as human capacity, including in particular a vibrant youth population and a rich gender mix. While one of the missing-link challenges has been the issue of capacity, the current situation provides a unique opportunity to unlock Africa’s human and organizational capacity, development management expertise and ownership; including strengthening the abilities of development-focused organizations to plan and undertake their work effectively.