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  • Dec
    02 - 04
    Harare, Zimbabwe

    The African Capacity Building Foundation will hold the 57th Regular Meeting of the Executive Board from 2 to 4 December 2015. The Executive Board meets ordinarily four times a year and is composed of experts in the field of capacity building in areas within ACBF's mandate. 

  • Nov
    23 - 24
    Pretoria, South Africa

    The Executive Secretary, Professor Emmanuel Nnadozie will deliver a keynote speech at the Southern Africa Regional Policy Dialogue on Democracy and Service Delivery organised by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) and partners. The dialogue is being attended by senior officials from Regional and Continental Organisations, Non State Actors as well as international development community and researchers/scholars involved in shaping and driving democracy policies and service delivery in Southern Africa.  The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) has for many years helped governments across the continent strengthen the skills and competencies of civil servants and continues to support the development of local training capacity and the development of comprehensive training delivery strategies.  

  • Nov
    16 - 19
    Harare, Zimbabwe

    The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) is conducting a training workshop for data collectors towards the Africa Capacity Report 2016. The Report measures and empirically assesses capacity in relation to the development agenda in African countries. The ACR also highlights key determinants and components of capacity for development. To this end, the ACR maps out the capacity development landscape in Africa and sharpens the focus on capacity deficits as a major development policy issue. The data to compute the ACR indices are collected by a team of in-country data experts, familiar with their country context, who are selected on a competitive basis. The workshop aims to enhance capacity by training data experts on the new thematic area. View photo gallery 

  • Nov
    11 - 18
    Beijing, China

    The African Capacity Building Foundation is participating to the China-Africa High Level Experience Sharing Program in Beijing and Changsha, People’s Republic of China. The theme of the program is “the leading role of think tanks in sustainable development”. Senior African government officials from departments of planning and development, economy, treasury, finance, international cooperation, experts and think tank representatives are also participating to the workshop.  The workshop is facilitated by the Investing in Africa Think Tank Alliance (IATTA), which was formed in 2015 with the support of the China Development Bank (CDB) and the World Bank (WB).

  • Nov
    10 - 11
    Accra, Ghana

    The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in partnership with the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) and Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) are holding the Second  Subregional Workshop on Curbing Illicit Financial Flows (IFF) from Africa. The workshop seeks to initiate practical actions towards implementing the recommendations of the High Level Panel on IFF in Africa, chaired by former South African President, H.E. Thabo Mbeki. The first sub regional workshop was held in Naorobi, Kenya September 2015 where it was revealed that ACBF is ready to help African countries stem illicit financial flows.

  • Nov
    09 - 20
    Cotonou (Benin)

    The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) are organizing a tailor-made training for managers of l’Agence Béninoise des Grands Travaux (ABGT) on 9 -20 October 2015 at Hôtel Novotel, Cotonou (Benin). The course titled ‘Planning, Programming, Budgeting, Monitoring and Evaluation of Infrastructural projects’ will be delivered by African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (UNIDEP). 

  • Nov
    02 - 04
    Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

    The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) is participating at the 8th Annual African Economic Conference co-organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). The theme of the conference is: Addressing Poverty and Inequality in the Post 2015 Development Agenda. Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie, ACBF Executive Secretary will be a panellist on the session on Operationalising the SDGs to promote inclusive growth and transformational development in the context of addressing poverty and inequality in Africa. 

  • Oct
    29 - 30
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

    The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) will deliver a keynote address on the continent’s transformation agenda and the role of capacity building to ensure effective implementation of the AU Agenda 2063 at the 2015 Conference on the IGAD economies. The  Horn Economic and Social Policy Institute (HESPI) conference will focus on the theme “Inclusive economic growth in the IGAD region and Africa at large”. The conference brings together academicians and policy makers from the sub-region and outside to provide a platform for economic and social research, informed dialogue and knowledge dissemination, and sound policies management that will promote the emergence of a more dynamic Regional Economic Community.

  • Oct
    28 - 30
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

    The first session of the African Union’s Specialised Technical Committee (STC) on Education, Science and Technology takes place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at the AU headquarters. The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) is participating. ACBF has been funding important initatives in the area of Education, Science and Technolgy such as “ACBF Support to a Network of African Institutions of Science and Technology Program (ACBF-AIST Project)”. The current beneficiaries of this program are the “Institut International de l’Ingénierie de l’Eau et Environnement (2iE Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso)’, the African University of Science and Technology (AUST in Abuja, Nigeria) and the Nelson Mandela - Africa Institute of Science and Technology (NM AIST in Arusha,Tanzania).

  • Oct
    26 - 30
    Cape Coast, Ghana

    The African Capacity Building foundation will be participating at the 19th meeting of the College of Supervisors of the West African Monetary Zone (CSWAMZ) in Ghana. The meeting will provide the opportunity to review developments in the banking system across West Africa during the first half of 2015, including discussions on other pertinent issues relating to the mandate of the College. The main objective is to strengthen the capacity of bank examiners, share information on developments in the banking system and assess the risks to financial stability in member countries. This will also include a seminar on Cybersecurity in the Financial Services industry organised in collaboration with the ACBF-supported West African Institute of Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM)  and scheduled on the first two days of the meeting (October 26 - 27, 2015). 


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