Rapid Evidence Review

The Effectiveness of Training in Building Capacity for Governance Reform

30th April 2024
Author: Izzy Birch

This K4DD Rapid Evidence Review examines the effectiveness of individual training in building capacity for governance reform, focusing on state and democratic governance in middle- to low-income countries.

The report reviewed both academic and grey literature on different areas of intervention that fall within the two broad categories of state and democratic governance. While evidence from the Eastern Neighbourhood was scarce, broader findings suggest that purposeful, problem-centered high-quality training is more likely to contribute to governance reform when sustained.

However, the review acknowledges challenges in assessing training impacts and highlights gaps in addressing gender and disability considerations within training interventions, underscoring the need for tailored approaches to meet diverse needs and promote inclusive governance reform.

Suggested Citation

Birch, I. (2024). The effectiveness of training in building capacity for governance reform. K4DD Rapid Evidence Review 19. Brighton, UK: Institute of Development Studies. https://doi.org/10.19088/K4DD.2024.010


30th April 2024


Continent: Global

Country: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova