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From the Executive Secretary

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the eighth edition of Africa Capacity.  The Africa Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) continues to drum the relevance of Africans making the continent “The Africa We Want”. In line with the African Union Agenda 2063 - “a strategy to optimize use of Africa’s resources for the benefits of all Africans”, the ACBF remains committed to raise awareness on the importance of capacity for Africa’s development and demonstrate its role in supporting the implementation of Agenda 2063. ACBF has been leading two important studies at the behest of the Africa Union Commission, one on the capacity imperatives for Agenda 2063 and the second focusing on risks to the implementation of the continent’s development blueprint. 

Also significant over March and April was the acknowledgement of the key role played by the Foundation in supporting the successful roll-out of the Australia Africa Community Engagement Scheme (AACES). The scheme is having a positive impact on vulnerable communities across 11 African countries and has been instrumental in giving them access to crucial community services, such as food security, water and sanitation, and maternal and child health . ACBF is proud to be associated with AACES. 

During the 24 years of its work, ACBF has mainly been recognized for its contribution to policy formulation and implementation through its support to think tanks across Africa. As demonstrated in the recent African Think Tanks Summit held on 6-8 April 2015 in Addis Ababa, think tanks confirmed their increasing relevance to Africa and identified the Foundation’s support to be critical in helping them to create alternative thinking on Africa’s development and in generating policies that really improve the lives of Africans. 

The Foundation continues to benefit from the financial support of its multilateral partners as well as from member and non-member African and non-African countries. These contributions have not only contributed to the sustainability of ACBF but also been critical to its successes in carrying out its mandate. Many African member states have positively responded to the Foundation’s continued call to meet their financial obligations, showing eagerness to strengthen their ownership and to contribute to capacity development on the continent. 

This issue of the bulletin aims at updating you on ACBF’s activities over the last two months (March-April 2015). I hope you find it useful and thank you for your continued support. 

Enjoy the read!

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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