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The African Capacity Building Foundation and the Office of the President SDGs Advisory Unit to launch the Report on Capacity Imperatives for the SDGs in Accra

Gold Coast City
26 Nov, 2019

Accra, November 2019–The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), the African Union’s specialized agency for capacity building, in partnership with the SDGs Advisory Unit in the Office of the President, will launch the ACBF’s report on the Capacity Imperatives for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on 26 November, 2019 at 9:00am at the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City in Accra.

The focus of the report launch is to sensitize the Ghanaian public on the outcomes of the study and contribute to citizenry engagement and policy dialogue on the capacity needs to implement the SDGs in Africa. Honourable Yaw Osafo Marfo, Senior Minister and Professor George Yaw Gyan-Baffour, Minister for Planning have gracefully agreed to join Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie and, Executive Secretary of ACBF and Dr. Eugene Owusu, Special Adviser to the President for the SDGs to enhance the occasion with their effective participation. The event intends to attract about 150 participants from a broad range of multi-sector groups representing the public sector, non–governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations (CSOs), international institutions, Diplomatic corps, academia and the media.

In December 2017, the President of the Republic, H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, in his capacity as the co-chair of the Eminent Group of Advocates on the SDGs, hosted a High Level Roundtable to mobilise support for accelerated implementation of the SDGs in Africa. One of the key outcomes from this Roundtable was the need to invest in building the capacity of Africa’s people and institutions.

The ACBF in line with its mandate, to build human and institutional capacity in Africa, published a seminal report on the Capacity Imperatives for the achievement of the SDGs.  The report identifies, maps and analyzes the key capacities that are required to address and enhance national capabilities for implementing the SDGs in Africa within the context of Agenda 2063. The report finds that capacity remains the critical missing link for fulfilling the development agendas of most African countries.

The launch will provide an opportunity to promote the achievements and awareness of the SDGs and disseminate the findings of the research whilst providing a platform for discussion on the key issues underpinning capacity for the implementation of the SDGs.

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About the African Capacity Building Foundation

Established in 1991, ACBF builds human and institutional capacity for good governance and economic development in Africa. To date the Foundation has empowered people in governments, parliaments, civil society, private sector and higher education institutions in more than 45 countries and 6 regional economic communities. ACBF supports capacity development across Africa through mobilization and leveraging of resources for capacity development; grants, investments and fund management; knowledge services; promoting innovation in capacity development and capacity development advisory services. The establishment of ACBF was in response to the severity of Africa’s capacity needs, and the challenges of investing in indigenous human capital and institutions in Africa. ACBF interventions are premised on four principles: the centrality of capacity to the development process in Africa; the critical role of a partnership and demand-driven approach in tackling capacity challenges; African ownership and leadership in the capacity development process; and a systematic, sequenced and coordinated approach to the capacity development process that pays attention to capacity retention and utilization. For further information go to:

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