Following the launch of the inaugural ACBF Photo Competition launched in 2011, the judges bring you a selection of the images from the 2011 entries. The images represent the photographer’s interpretation of capacity building in their respective countries.
From the selected images, one is taken through a journey which begins in Kenya via Burkina Faso and eventually ends at the very home of the ACBF offices in Zimbabwe, Mary Njoroge from Kenya shares with us striking images of government offices with astonishing heaps of files lying around. It is a common feature in Africa and certainly highlights the need for computerization and capacity building.
We asked Mary from Kenya what her perception of capacity development is and she stated, “Capacity development is the process of enhancing capacities of the individual, institutions and organizations to do business in an effective and efficient manner, in order to deliver their mandates. This involves training, equipping institutions with the necessary infrastructure, knowledge and also improving competencies.”
A different story is told in Burkina Faso as CIFAL Ouagadougou reminds us of how mobile technology has evolved in that part of the continent. The image of the two men talking on their mobile phones strikes the right tune in as far as mobile technology is concerned. In another image Ouagadougou makes a huge contrast from Njoroge images in Kenya as she brings to us the world of computers and how capacity building through computer technology has made strides in education in Ouagadougou.
Richard Taguma in Zimbabwe ends on rather encouraging note as he reminds us of the how sometimes a basic task can be part of capacitating individual on a daily basis. Somewhere in the capital, Harare, a woman prepares her mealie meal to feed the family - a part of her daily tasks.
Asked why this particular picture, Taguma stated that, “ I took this picture because it is a task you see women in Zimbabwe do every day and yet we all take it for granted that it is integral part of her and our day, as this meal for her family represents her ability to provide and cater for her family.”
We look forward to your entries next year and please take time to view these and other images in our gallery of images on our website: www.acbf-pact.org/gallery/photocompetition2011.htm