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  • Sep
    14 - 18
    Washington, USA

    The African Capacity Building Foundation is participating in the  2015 Ronald H. Brown (RHB) African Affairs Series  organised by the Constituency for Africa (CFA). The purpose of the  RHB African  Affairs  Series is to educate, inform and engage the American public on critical challenges, issues and concerns facing Africa; help link members of the Congressional Black  Caucus (CBC) and their staff to African challenges, issues and concerns; and promote a proactive and sustainable U.S.-Africa foreign policy agenda. Over the years, the RHB African Affairs Series has convened more than 200 workshops and forums that have advanced advocacy, analysis of government policy initiatives, knowledge transfer, and the mobilization of public and private sector groups. The RHB African Affairs Series is planned and organized by CFA each year in conjunction with the CBC Annual Legislative Conference. Read more on the CFA website or statement on CNN

  • Sep
    14 - 15
    Nairobi, Kenya

    The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in partnership with the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) are hosting the First Subregional Workshop on Curbing Illicit Financial Flows (IFF) from Africa.The workshop is chaired by H.E. Mr. Thabo Mbeki, Former President of South Africa and Chair of the AUC/ECA High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows, while Professor Emmanuel Nnadozie, ACBF Executive Secretary is a guest speaker. The workshop aims to initiate practical action towards implementing the recommendations of the High Level Panel on IFF in Africa. Update - story | Photo Gallery 

  • Sep
    Pretoria, South Africa
    The African Capacity Building Foundation will be participating at the Global Child Forum on Southern Africa on the invitation of its patrons – Dr. Graca Machel and H.R.H Princess Sofia of Sweden. The Forum is a gathering of influential regional and international decision makers for dialogue and thought leadership on the legal, moral and commercial case for investing in coming generations  with a special focus on corporate sustainability for the protection of children’s rights. The Forum will showcase practical examples and create action-oriented tools for cross sectorial partnerships. Follow on Twitter  
  • Sep
    02 - 04
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

    The 24th Annual meetings of the Board of Governors of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) will take place from 2 – 4 September 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The theme for the annual meetings is Developing Capacity to Mobilize Domestic Resources to Finance Africa’s TransformationThe Board of Governors comprises representatives of ACBF member countries and non-African countries, as well as the World Bank, the African Development Bank and the United Nations Development Programme. The Governors are usually African Ministers of Finance and/or Economic Planning, Directors-General or other high level representatives of international development cooperation agencies for non-African countries. The Board of Governors is the highest policy making body of the Foundation.  The last BOG was hosted by the Government of the Republic of Senegal, on 26-27 June 2014 in Dakar, Senegal. Read more on the BOG website.

  • Aug
    27 - 28
    Luanda, Angola

    The African Capacity Building Foundation is participating at the 2015 Caucus Meeting of the African Governors of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group in Luanda, Angola . This year’s High Level Policy Dialogue focuses on Regional Economic Outlook; Economic Transformation and Diversification; Stemming Illicit Financial Flows for improved Domestic Resource Mobilization; IDA (International Development Association) Future Financing Options and Public Private Partnerships: Solutions for Africa’s Infrastructural Challenges.  

  • Aug
    02 - 06
    Harare, Zimbabwe

    Teams from the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) will meet to discuss collaboration on joint activities.  The meeting will review the ACBF-ECA joint activities plan and prioritise activities for implementation in the second half of 2015. It will also agree on a response to Benin’s request for technical assistance and capacity development.    In January 2015 ACBF and ECA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a three-year partnership to build human and institutional capacity in Africa.

  • Jul
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

    The Executive Secretary of the African Capacity Building Foundation, Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie will participate at the 2nd Annual African Leadership Forum organised by the office of the Former President of the United Republic of Tanzania – Benjamin Mkapa. The African Leadership Forum brings together former Heads of State as well as leaders from business, government, civil society and academia from across Africa. Building on the success of the inaugural dialogue in 2014 the Forum will explore the challenges of integrating Africa so that it can become the backbone of sustainable growth, transformation, and ensuring Africa and Africans contribute to and benefit from the global ‘pie’. 

  • Jul
    25 - 26
    Accra, Ghana

    The African Governance Outlook Inception workshop is aimed at reviewing progress made in implementation of AGO at country level.  It would also present an opportunity for Country Research Teams (CRTs) to strategize on timely delivery of AGO country reports and more particularly, cross-fertilize ideas to improve progress on analyzing financial governance at country level. The workshop will bring together country teams from Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Senegal and Tanzania. 

  • Jul
    20 - 24
    Harare, Zimbabwe

    The African Capacity Building Foundation will be holding a capacity enhancement workshop for procurement staff or procurement focal persons from ACBF-supported projects/institutions. The workshop will equip participants with the required knowledge and better understanding of ACBF’s competitive procurement concepts,  process and procedures,  developing  participants’ skills to plan and carry out procurement functions with competence and efficiency. Read story or view photos

  • Jul
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

    As part of its participation to the Financing for Development conference, ACBF is holding a side event under the theme “Building capacity for Domestic Resource Mobilization (DRM) to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” , which will identify capacity imperatives for DRM  and provide an opportunity for participants to share DRM strategies that are efficient, effective and innovative, based on country experiences... read more


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