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ACBF tasks development partners on quality leadership and accountability in Africa

22 Aug, 2014

The African Capacity Building Foundation and other development partners have an important role to play in producing good quality leadership and ensuring accountability for sustainable human development and structural transformation in Africa, the Executive Secretary of the Foundation, Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie, said yesterday in Abuja. Prof. Nnadozie, who was the keynote speaker at a Presidential Summit on the Millennium Development Goals in the Nigerian capital, said the ACBF would continue to disseminate knowledge and experience on leadership and accountability tapping based on work it has done and lessons learned from its operations throughout the continent. 

“The Foundation will also continue funding and supporting capacity building initiativesfor leadership and accountability mainly through support to local and central governments, training programmes, and the creation of, and support to, think tanks,” he said. ACBF will in addition build strategic partnership with other development partners for leadership development and a culture of accountability, said the Executive Secretary. 

The lecture, titled “Leadership and accountability: twin pillars for the achievement of human development and structural transformation,” was in three segments. The first one looked at concept and drivers of both human development and structural transformation as well as what a transformed Nigeria would look like. The second section linked human development and structural transformation as pillars of the MDGs and post-2015 development agenda to leadership and accountability. The third segment focused on the role of parliaments in promoting accountable leadership that can achieve human development and structural transformation, with the Nigerian National Assembly’s National Instituted of Legislative Studies, which is supported by the African Capacity Building Foundation, as an example.

The conference was attended by Nigeria’s federal and state government officials led by Vice President Namdi Sambo, development partners, legislators, and civil society organizations. The Summit’s main objective was to review the implementation of the MDGs in Nigeria, highlighting best practices and key achievements to national economic transformation. The theme of the two-day conference was “The MDGs and socio-economic transformation of Nigeria: post 2015 and beyond.”

In addition to participating in the Summit, Prof. Nnadozie also appeared as a guest on African Independent Television, the country’s leading private national broadcaster.  The AIT morning discussion programme examined the role of human and institutional capacity development in economic transformation. He fielded questions ranging from the work of ACBF in boosting capacity development in Africa and on ways of sustaining the continent’s current robust economic growth. 

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