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  • May
    17 - 18
    Victoria Falls

    The African Finance Association Conference is the most prominent academic finance gathering on the continent and the event brings together practitioners and academics throughout Africa and beyond to discuss emerging research of interest to Africa.

    The emphasis of the conference will be on high-quality, theoretical and/or applied research focusing on issues relevant to emerging trends in accounting, finance and economics which have special relevance to Africa’s development.

    Prof. Emanuel Nnadozie will give the Keynote Address.

    The conference will take place on the 17-18 May 2017 at The Elephant Hills Hotel in Zimbabwe.

  • Apr
    07 - 09
    Marrakech, Morocco

    The Executive Secretary will be attending the annual Ibrahim Governance Weekend, which is the flagship event of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, held every year in a different African capital city.

    This three day event convenes prominent African and Africa-focused political and business leaders, representatives from civil society, multilateral and regional institutions as well as Africa’s major international partners to identify specific policy challenges and discuss priorities for action.

    The conversation is extended to a wider audience through music, art and sport at major public events showcasing some of Africa’s brightest talent.

    A whole day is dedicated to the Ibrahim Forum where a key issue for Africa is discussed and specific policy challenges and priorities for action identified. A comprehensive Facts & Figures research document is compiled in advance by the Foundation as the basis for an informed and constructive debate.

  • Apr
    05 - 07

    The Fourth Africa Think Tank Summit will take forward the work and outcomes of past Summits and go into more details on how the think tanks can support Africa’s development agenda. Specifically, the 4th Summit will come up with strategies and actionable recommendations for think tanks to meaningfully contribute to the promotion of industrialization within the context of Africa’s vision as reflected in Agenda 2063 and the global Agenda 2030 (Sustainable Development Goals).

    Download THE SUMMIT NEWSLETTER here...

    Download the Communique here...

  • Feb
    17 - 17
    Robert Koch Boardroom, Parktown, Johannesburg

    In December 2016, ACBF granted The Aurum Institute USD 470 300-00  under the BMGF capacity building initiative for high-performing African organizations. Aurum is a not-for-profit South African organization whose overall objective is focused on researching, monitoring, training, treating and managing HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis (TB) throughout Southern Africa. Aurum works alongside government, the mining industry, among NGO’s and in communities.

    Aurum is launching an enterprise-grade Virtual Presence Platform (VPP) across its major geographical sites to make training more efficient. The aim of the VPP is also to leverage the platform to deliver a leadership, management and quality improvement training program.

    Professor Emmanuel Nnadozie will cut the ribbon to formally launch the platform.

  • Feb
    07 - 08
    Cape Town (on the sidelines of the Mining Indaba), Sun Hotel.

    International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) Africa and West Asia Programme and the African Capacity Foundation (ACBF) are organizing - in partnership with the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) and the International Organization of Francophonie (OIF) - a High Level Dialogue on 'Political Parties and Natural Resource Governance: Building Capacities for a Developmental Approach' in Cape town, on 7 and 8 February, on the margins of the Mining Indaba Forum 2017. The High Level Dialogue will provide to participants a platform to discuss and reflect on a new Developmental Approach to Natural Resources Governance in Africa. The goal of this approach is to optimize the profits from natural resources, distribute these gains among citizens and, hence, enhance prospects for sustainable socioeconomic transformation.

  • Jan
    26 - 26
    Addis Ababa

    The African Union - International Centre for Girls and Women’s Education in Africa (AU/CIEFFA) is organizing a High level Meeting on Gender equality and education on 26th January 2017 in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia.

    The event will be held under the auspices of Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the AUC and the Government of Norway. It will gather Ministers of Education, Ministers of Gender, representatives of international organizations and civil society as well as AU partners.

    Three key themes will be discussed during the meeting:

    a. Realizing the rights to Education as key to harnessing the demographic dividends

    b. Education in Emergency situations

    c. Creating the future: economic empowerment for young women

  • Dec
    06 - 09
    Nairobi, Kenya

    A 3-days research workshop on Economics of Tobacco Control will be held for ACBF supported Think Tanks from 6 to 9 December 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya. The main objective of the initiative is to increase and share the body of knowledge and methodology of research on economics of tobacco control in Africa in order to promote tobacco control evidence policy making.  The facilitation will be offered by the University of Cape Town-Economics of Tobacco Control Project.

  • Dec
    03 - 05
    Algiers, Algeria

    The Algerian Government in partnership with the Business Leaders Forum (FCE) are hosting the African Investment and Business Forum. This is aimed at boosting trade and intra-African partnerships by providing a platform for exchanging and examining the major economic opportunities on the continent.

    This event is a unique opportunity for a wide range of Africa business stakeholders, including representatives of African Governments, regional and international organizations, the business community as well as experts to discuss and exchange views on key items relating to the economic development of the continent. 

    The main aim of ACBF’s participation at the Investment and Business Forum is to ensure centrality of capacity issues in the discussions that will be taking place and garnering support towards institutions like ACBF that aim at coordinating developing of such capacity.

  • Nov
    30 - 30
    Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC)
    The HLM2 side event will bring together representatives from OECD DAC governments, Southern governments, multilateral development institutions, think-tanks, and civil society to discuss how “fit for purpose” is technical cooperation for achieving the goals of the 2030 Agenda. It aims to deepen the discussion on development effectiveness principles by examining the provision of technical cooperation in developing countries from both provider and recipient perspectives. It also aims at understanding the capacity imperatives for effectively utilising technical cooperation in support of the 2030 Agenda.
    Follow the discussion on Twitter: #HLM2, @ACBF_Official, @lencd, @realityofaid
    *Speakers include representatives from USAID, Learning Network on Capacity Development (LenCD), Fundacion SES, among others.



  • Nov
    29 - 29
    ACBF Secretariat

    The Executive Board will meet at the ACBF Secretariat in Harare between the 5th and 6th of December 2016.


ACBF's financial support to our institution has helped us a great deal. We look forward to continued partnership with ACBF in pursuit of capacity building in STEM for Africa's sustainable development.

Prof. Burton Mwamila , Vice Chancellor , The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology

The Africa we want, others have wanted it before us.

Dr. Hesphina Rukato , Development Consultant , Great Dyke Investments

The time to accelerate capacity building is now or never. The continent does not have the luxury to waste time anymore

Phelekezela Mphoko , Vice-President , Zimbabwe

The Africa rising narrative can no longer be denied. Africa has over the past decade, made the greatest economic gains than any other region in the world

Addoulaye Mar Dieye , UNDP Director Regional for Africa ,

Government must lead, catalyze, support, and invest by bringing in partners to fix market failures and mitigate risk

President Paul Kagame , President , Rwanda
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