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ACBF workshop highlights way forward for AUC Agenda 2063

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
02 Jun, 2015

Assessing Africa’s capacity needs and developing and implementing a Capacity Development Plan will be instrumental in the implementation of the African Union Commission’s Agenda 2063, said Dr. Roger Atindehou, Manager, East and Southern Africa at the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) during a feedback workshop on the Capacity Needs Assessment interim findings and recommendations, held at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from June 1 – 2, 2015.

“The implementation of Agenda 2063 and its first ten year plan requires capacity and ability of all stakeholders at multiple levels - individuals, institutional/organizational, policy, legal and regulatory environment, said Dr. Atindehou. He was speaking on behalf of ACBF’s Executive Secretary, Prof Emmanuel Nnadozie.

He also said that the study, commissioned by the AUC, was an appreciation and acknowledgement of the confidence entrusted by the Commission’s Chairperson to ACBF, and that it gave the latter an opportunity to contribute to the realization of the AU’s vision.

The workshop was co-chaired by Mr Christopher Kachiza, Head of Policy Analysis and Research and Officer in Charge at the Strategic Planning, Policy, Monitoring and Evaluation and Resource Mobilization Division at AUC. In his opening remarks, he said the workshop was welcome as it would address capacity dimensions, which was one critical component of Agenda 2063. 

The feedback workshop was held to examine the major points and recommendations that are emerging from the capacity review being undertaken by the ACBF/African Union Commission’s (AUC) Senior Team working on the study to review the progress report and provide feedback and guidance with the view to validating the work done so far, and ascertain that the work is going in the right direction. Presentations at the workshop focused on the background and context of the study, methodologies undertaken for the study and well as highlighted some key preliminary findings emanating from the study.

The AUC has been working closely with the support of the ACBF in undertaking the study on Capacity Needs Assessment and emerging elements for capacity development.  The workshop was facilitated by Mr Samuel Nyambi, the Team Leader and Executive Coordinator, Capacity Development Services (CAPDEV), senior officials from the AUC, NEPAD, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), the diplomatic community in Ethiopia, the Economic Commission for Africa and other key stakeholders’ from the think tanks, academia, youth organizations and civil society were represented at  the workshop.

The Progress Report on Capacity Assessment resulting from the workshop will be presented at the next AU Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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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