The focus of CDS’ work in the realm of governance has been on enhancing citizens’ participation in the planning and management of development work, and sensitizing the government officials, CSOs, and academia to be responsive to such participation. We believe that ‘good governance’ is dependent on ‘people’s participation’ and that peoples competencies, knowledge and personality attributes are indispensable to participatory processes. ‘Capacity building’ of organizations and individuals in the government sector, civil society, and at community-level has dominated much of CDS’ work since its inception, aiming to enhance people’s capabilities and access to knowledge and resources, as well as facilitate processes for their free association. In its governance-related work, CDS emphasizes the inclusion of the disadvantaged groups that are more prone than others to exclusion and discrimination, namely women, the poor, youth, and children.