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Africans urged to adopt Agenda 2063 for development

Addis Ababa
29 Jan, 2016

“Africa needs to be built by its citizens as Agenda 2063 does not belong to the African Union but to all Africans,” said Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission at her opening remarks at the 28th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 27th January, 2016.

In order to achieve Agenda 2063, capacity building in Africa should not only be discussed, but prioritized. According to Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie, the African Capacity Building Foundation’s (ACBF) Executive Secretary, “One of the major areas not addressed when Agenda 2063 was drafted, was how it was going to be implemented.”

“The existence of institutions does not necessarily translate into the needed human capacity to bridge the gap between visualization and actualization of Agenda 2063,” said Prof. Nnadozie.

With the theme for the summit focusing on human rights and more specifically on the rights of women, the ACBF plans to contribute greatly to this cause. “Human rights is an important issue everywhere, however, where steps have been taken to ensure human rights are taken seriously, we still need to resolve the gap between human rights and women’s rights,” he added.

That is where the ACBF steps in. The ACBF continues to support the creation and funding of projects which focus on the empowerment of women. Examples of this are clearly evident in the funding of projects such as the Empowering Women in Agriculture (EWA) Initiative and the Women’s University of Africa established in Zimbabwe. There are a number of NGOs, including Femmes Afrique de Solidarite, which the ACBF not only continues to fund but also provides technical support.

Whilst ensuring the goals of the AU are met for the year, the ACBF’s ambition for this Summit is to present the studies and analysis that the ACBF has conducted from AU member states. These include studies conducted on understanding capacities needed on the continent; critical skills necessary to achieve the 10 year milestone of Agenda 2063 and finally the strategy needed to achieve these goals. It is the hope of the ACBF that the studies and analysis will be accepted and adopted by member states which will then allow immediate action to be taken.

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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