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  • Jun
    07 - 15
    Johannesburg, South Africa

    The 25th African Union Summit to be held in South Africa will tackle the theme, "Year of Women Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063". The meetings will include the 30th Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives' Committee, the 27th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council and the 25th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Union from 7 – 15 May 2015. The  African Union Commission (AUC) has been working closely with the support of the African Capacity Building Foundation in undertaking the study on Capacity Needs Assessment and emerging elements for capacity development. The Progress Report  will be presented at the Summit.

    African Union Executive Council Ministerial Retreat: 9 - 10 June
    27th Ordinary Session of the AU Executive Council: 10 - 12 June
    Official Opening of AU Summit: 13 June
    Assembly of Heads of State and Government: 14 - 15 June

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  • Jun
    03 - 04
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

    The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) in partnership with six African Think Tanks, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania were selected to form a Think Tanks Task Force at the recent 2nd Africa Think Tank Summit held in Addis Ababa in March. The first Task Force Meeting will: 1) review and prioritize the recommendations from the Second Africa Think Tank Summit; and 2) propose an action plan (with timelines, deliverables and implementers) for an effective implementation of the recommendations as well.

  • Jun
    01 - 02
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

    The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) in partnership with the African Union Commission (AUC) is undertaking a study on the requirements for the implementation of Agenda 2063, which  focuses on the institutional capacities required by Member states, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and the African Union, as well as civil society. The workshop seeks to address the capacity strengths and opportunities of continental, regional and national institutions in implementing Agenda 2063. 

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  • May
    26 - 27
    Abidjan, Côte-d'Ivoire

    The African Economic Outlook report 2015 will be launched on the 25th of May at the Annual Meetings of AfDB in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, which takes place on 25-29 May 2015.

    The African Economic Outlook (AEO) presents the current state of economic and social development in Africa and projects the outlook for the coming two years. The AEO is a product of collaborative work by three international partners: the African Development Bank, the OECD Development Centre and the United Nations Development Programme. The ACBF Executive Secretary will attend the launch.

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  • May
    25 - 29
    Abidjan, Côte-d'Ivoire

    The ACBF Executive Secretary will attend the 2015 African Development Bank (AfDB) Annual Meetings taking place from Monday, May 25 to Friday, May 29 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The Meetings will see the election of a new Bank President, one of the most important decisions for the institution and the continent. The 50th anniversary of the Bank will also be marked. The meetings will focus on the theme “Africa and the New Global Landscape”.

    The event, where key decisions about the Bank Group are made each year, is attended by Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors from the Bank’s 54 regional member countries (RMCs) who are also ACBF’s Governors, and 26 non-regional member countries. It attracts more than 2,500 delegates representing multilateral finance institutions, development agencies, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, civil society and the media. Read more on AfDB website or follow event on Twitter.

  • May
    Abidjan, Côte-d'Ivoire

    On the occasion of the 2015 Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank the African Business Roundtable and One International will host a High Level Roundtable on the theme : The future of financing for development in Africa. Prof Emmanuel Nnadozie, the Executive Secretary of the Africa Capacity Building Foundation will be a panelist.

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  • May
    22 - 23
    Oxford, England

    The ACBF Executive Secretary, Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie is a plenary speaker at the Oxford Africa Conference 2015. He presents on the topic “Multi-speed Africa: The role of Lion economies in fostering regional growth” . The conference is taking place from 22 – 23 May 2015, focusing on Africa as “A Continent on the Move: People, Politics and Business across borders”. Read more or follow conversation on Twitter

  • May
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

     The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) will be signing US$3m grant to the African Union (AU) in support of its 3-year capacity building program, which aims to build and enhance capacities within its Commission for the implementation of the continent’s development programs.

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  • May
    Nairobi, Kenya

    The official inauguration of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) East Africa office takes place in Nairobi, Kenya. The ACBF Executive Secretary is officially opening the office which serves as a Resource Facility to the Australia Africa Community Engagement Scheme (AACES). AACES is a partnership of the Australian Government, ten Australian NGOs and their Africa-based partner funded through Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

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  • May
    04 - 07
    Nairobi, Kenya

    The Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP) will hold its 12th Annual Conference under the theme "Inclusive Growth and Employment for Poverty Reduction"in Nairobi, Kenya.

    The conference will begin with the General Meeting for review of research evidence and methods and on 7 May a high-level Policy Forum will be held under the theme of “Unlocking Africa’s Growth for Productive Employment and Poverty Reduction”.  The ACBF Executive Secretary will be a panelist. Follow the conversations on Twitter or read full story.


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