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ACBF’s contribution to Africa’s transformation

30 Aug, 2018

The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), used the occasion of its 27th Annual meeting of the Board of Governors which was held in Yaoundé, Cameroon this past July, to highlight its contributions to achieving Africa’s development objectives.

Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie, Executive Secretary of ACBF, who enumerated the foundation’s contributions in capacity building at the 27th Annual Meetings in Yaoundé, Cameroon, said overall, during the period of the World Bank additional financing, 2014-2017, ACBF achieved its Programme Development Objectives (PDO), adding that its performance was credibly measured. “During this period, the Foundation’s planned results were achieved. Indeed, all 4 PDO-level indicators as well as the all 12 Intermediate Results were either achieved or exceeded,” he said.

Stating that the Foundation achieved significant results across the continent, Prof. Nnadozie said ACBF provided support in policy research and analysis that led to concrete achievements in service delivery in Rwanda, preventing election violence in Ghana, evidence-based economic policy-making in Kenya, and domestic revenue mobilization in Ethiopia.

Other achievements include building public sector management capacity to improve public service delivery in West Africa; strengthening financial systems through capacity building in banking and finance in Southern and West Africa and promoting critical skills in science and technology in Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Tanzania that supported the sub-regions.

In supporting regional integration, two concrete examples of achievements are the enhanced effectiveness of financial sector institutions in Inter Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD), and the creation of and support to Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa’s (COMESA), research unit which made significant contributions in regional integration agenda.

ACBF also recorded success in promoting knowledge and learning by supporting the African Union in identifying the capacities required to successfully implement Agenda 2063 and the strategies of addressing them as well as in the development and sharing of enhanced data and empirical evidence on capacity development for informed decision making through the Africa Capacity Report.

The ACBF’s achievements also include the establishment of the flagship Africa Think Tank Summit for peer-learning and exchange of innovative solutions to support Africa’s development agenda as well as the management of the enhanced knowledge brokerage on management for development results (MfDR), through a community of practice, that has advanced national and regional development processes.

Prof. Nnadozie expressed his gratitude to all member States and ACBF partners, in particular, the African Development Bank Group, AFREXIMBANK, BADEA, UNDP, the World Bank Group for their tremendous support in making it possible for them to deliver for Africa.


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