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History of the CDF

The first Forum was hosted by the Government of Mali in Bamako on 22-24 October 2001 while the Government of Mozambique hosted the second in Maputo on 1-3 August 2007. On both occasions, the Forum represented a major high level gathering, each involving more than 500 delegates, including Heads of State and Government, high-level African and international country delegations, African and non-African resource persons, national and international organizations, as well as representatives of the public sector, private sector and civil society organizations.

At the end of the first forum, a declaration was adopted and a draft resolution, promoted by President Omar Bongo Ondimba, former President of Gabon, submitted to the African Union (AU), urging it to adopt a resolution on capacity building. The first ordinary session of the African Union Assembly held at Durban, South Africa, on 09-10 July 2002, indeed proclaimed the period 2002-2011 as the “Decade for Capacity Building in Africa”.

The AU Council of Ministers was mandated to monitor the implementation of this resolution. The holding of the Second Forum helped to lobby non-African donors to provide support to ACBF, while the third underscored the key role of capacity building in the development strategies of African countries. The Forums offered an opportunity to assess the progress made in capacity development in Africa and issued recommendations to boost the effectiveness of capacity development programmes so as to better respond to Africa’s development priorities.

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