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What We Do

ACBF supports capacity building initiatives in Africa in three ways:

  • Investments in capacity building institutions

ACBF funds strategic capacity building projects and programs submitted by governments of African member countries and non-state actors at both the national and regional levels which demonstrate prospects for maximum impact. Typical capacity development activities include research capacity to support policy formulation and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, policy dialogue between government and non-state actors and institutional strengthening to effectively deliver capacity building programs and track progress.

  • Technical assistance for capacity building projects and programs to  formulate, implement and monitor policies at national and regional levels.

ACBF is a knowledge hub on capacity development interventions on the continent and uses this knowledge to provide technical assistance in implementing, monitoring and evaluating the capacity development projects and programs it funds. This also includes technical support for capacity needs assessment, project/program design, monitoring of project/program activities and mid-term and end of project/program evaluations.

  • Knowledge and learning activities

ACBF supports knowledge and learning through Knowledge Networks, Knowledge Products & Services, Knowledge Forums, and through its Library and Information Resource Centre. The Foundation conducts research on emerging development and capacity building issues on the continent. Since 2011, ACBF publishes its annual flagship report, the Africa Capacity Report (ACR) which measures progress made by African countries annually in capacity development on the continent.




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 , ,

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 , ,

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 – Minister of Finance, Ghana , ,

Africa needs ACBF as much, probably more now, than at the time it was created in 1991.

Hon. Goodall Gondwe, Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance – Malawi , ,

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 , ,
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