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ACBF to enter into partnership with PEP

ACBF and of Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP) in March held a workshop in Harare, Zimbabwe to explore areas for future partnership. PEP is an international organization that links researchers globally to enhance capacity for development policy analysis in developing countries. Its focus includes contributing contextualized policy solutions to socioeconomic development challenges.  PEP’s research contributes to informing national and international debates related to economic policy, poverty, gender and sustainable development – an area that is also strategic for ACBF.

In his welcoming remarks, ACBF Executive Secretary, Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie said that PEP’s visit to ACBF was timely as Africa’s renewed push for development – through the African Union Agenda 2063 – and the upcoming international negotiations around the post-2015 agenda made it imperative for continent-based policy institutions to increase collaboration on areas of mutual interest. “Only true partnerships will contribute to resolve African countries’ difficulties. Supporting research is important and so is supporting men and women as well as institutions whose work it is to contribute to policy making,” said Prof. Nnadozie. 

PEP Executive Director, Dr. Bekele Shiferaw said that his institution had always held ACBF in high esteem and considered the Foundation as a potential partner in the fields of research, capacity building and the facilitation of north-south and south-south collaboration in policy making. “We value partnerships as they help enhance your performance and ability to achieve institutional goals,” he said. 

Discussions by the two organizations revolved around research, capacity building, knowledge management and communication. Both PEP and ACBF expressed their satisfaction at the outcomes of the meeting and agreed to continue the consultation towards developing and signing the Memorandum of Understanding.

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Thomas Kwesi Quartey

ACBF has been granted the status of a specialized agency because of the potential to transform Africa through capacity development.

H.E. Thomas Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson, AU Commission
Erastus Mwencha

The recognition of ACBF as the African Union’s Specialized Agency for Capacity Development launches the beginning of a new era for capacity building by ACBF, which will require an appropriate level of political commitment and financial support from all stakeholders.

H.E. Erastus Mwencha, Chair, ACBF Executive Board
Lamin Momodou

The remarkable achievements ACBF has registered over the past 26 years is not by accident in our opinion. They have come through hard work, dedication, commitment, purposeful leadership, support from the member countries as well as productive partnership building.

Mr. Lamin Momodou MANNEH, Director, UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa
Goodall Gondwe

Africa needs ACBF as much, probably more now, than at the time it was created in 1991.

Hon. Goodall Gondwe, former Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance – Malawi
Ken Ofori Atta

Ghana’s partnership with ACBF is a tremendous blessing for us and therefore the opportunity for Ghana to host the 26th ACBF Board of Governors Meeting is something that we treasure.

Hon Ken Ofori Atta, Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance - Ghana