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African Union Leadership Academy launched to build public servants’ capacity

Addis Ababa
29 Jan, 2016

African public servants are to have their capacity enhanced from high-level training following the launch of the African Union Leadership Academy by the African Union on Thursday, 28 January, 2016 on the side-lines of the 26th African Union Summit.

“The pan-African learning and development center is aimed at driving capacity building toward the implementation of Agenda 2063,” said the African Union Commission Chairperson, Dr. Dlamini-Zuma in her opening remarks at the launch.

She added that the academy is “to become a centre of excellence for future diplomats, civil and public servants and all those committed to the growth and development of Africa.”

Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie, Executive Secretary of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) said that it was very important that African citizens realize their own potential and continue to build self confidence in their own abilities.

“There had been some progress in developing capacity in Africa. However, a challenge remains. With the lack of capacity skills in Africa, ranging from a shortage of 4.3 million engineers and 8.5 million doctors and health experts, it cannot be business as usual if we need to fill this gap,” said Prof. Nnadozie.

“We need an education dialogue which focuses on heavy investment in the youth and science and technology,” he said.

Higher education institutions across Africa need to look at addressing these issues by investing in science and medicine. “We have achieved a lot but we need to address other serious problems and in order to achieve this we need good leadership and this academy allows that gap to be bridged.”

The Leadership program aims to have a systematic way of training the AU staff, members of AU organs and staff of permanent missions of the AU. The training will focus on leadership, project management, policy programme dialogue and the history of AU and integration.


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