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African Community of Practice (AfCoP)

The African Community of Practice on Managing for Development Results (AfCoP) is a bilingual community launched in February 2007 at the third International Roundtable on Managing for Development Results in Hanoi, Vietnam. The community was established in response to a call by African governments and practitioners to share lessons learned and good practice in Managing for Development Results (MfDR) in Africa. The initial objective of AfCoP was to enhance the capacity of its members in MfDR by establishing a platform to exchange experiences and knowledge among development practitioners across Africa.

With an initial membership of thirty people, AfCoP has grown into a dynamic community of over 4,000 members from 41 African countries and around the world. The tremendous growth of the community is by and large as a result of the successful implementation of the first AfCoP project which included the development of a bilingual knowledge platform,[1] and implementation of country and regional level outreach activities including the Annual Delegates Conference.

In 2012, the African Development Bank (AfDB) approved a grant of UA 9.98 million over a three-year period to support the implementation of phase two of the AfCoP project. The aim of the project is to mainstream results-based practices into the policies and strategies of RMCs and RECs and has the following components: (i) Knowledge sharing on MfDR; (ii) Linking MfDR knowledge to Regional processes; (iii) Synergies between Regional and National processes and (iv) Project Management.

The Africa Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) is partnering with the AfDB to manage the project. The ACBF is responsible for the coordination of Component one - Knowledge sharing on MfDR aimed at promoting the exchange of experiences and sharing of good practices on MfDR through the bilingual (French and English) AfCoP online platforms. ACBF also manages the development of country and thematic case studies, guidelines, analytical work and tools on emerging good practices on MfDR, trade facilitation and on policy convergence, including gender and youth related issues.

Further, the AfDB, in partnership with ACBF, supports the AfCoP to mainstream results-based practices into the policies and strategies of countries and Regional Economic Communities (RECs). It also aims to enhance the capacity of the (RECs) and their member countries to facilitate the implementation of regional policies and programs through MfDR, and thereby to promote regional integration.

To ensure effective implementation and achievement of intended results, the ACBF has established a dedicated secretariat for the AfCoP project located in the Knowledge and Learning Department.

[1] The AfCoP online platform is available in English and French, respectively at: and


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