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ACBF-Gates Foundation partnership for tobacco control in Africa solidified

20 Nov, 2014

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has committed more than $32 million in investments to fund tobacco control in Africa through its network of partners including  The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF). In a communiqué to its partners, Cynthia Lewis, the Gates Foundation Deputy Director stated that the commitment “represents the largest funding commitment from the foundation to the African continent for tobacco control to-date”.

In her communiqué Cynthia Lewis says “African countries have [also] faced challenging tobacco industry road blocks, and a shifting landscape. This new phase of grants capitalizes on the excellent work already underway, while also responding to evolving and critical needs of many country partners.”

The Gates -ACBF funding supports strategic grant-making and capacity building of Civil Society Organizations to advance evidence-based Tobacco Control policies in Africa including tobacco taxation, advertising bans, graphic warning labels, and smoke-free environments.

“The African Capacity Building Foundation (a three-year grant covering 12 African countries) fills a key role as an Africa-based strategic partner providing both grants and capacity building support for civil society and others. They are a highly-respected leader on institutional and human capacity building and have managed $500M in grants in 45 African countries. “

ACBF has since made a ‘Request for Proposals (RFP) from Civil Society Organizations in Africa to implement Tobacco Control Advocacy’ through its website.

Gates Foundation is also supporting social marketing and behavior change work against tobacco use in Africa as a complement to important and ongoing policy work.

Read the full communiqué  from the Gates Foundation.

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