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Botswana Council of NGOs (BOCONGO)

  • Project Name:
    Botswana Council of NGOs (BOCONGO)
    Institution :
    Botswana Council of NGOs
    • Core Competence:
      Professionalisation of the Voices of the Private Sector & Civil Society
    Project Region :
    Eastern & Southern Africa
    Country :
    Status :
    Grant Number :
    Grant Amount (USD):
    1 150 000
    Commitment Date:
    Closing Date:

    The main objectives of BIDPA when it was set up in 1995 were to provide research support and policy analysis services to key economic ministries and agencies, and to develop local capacity for policy analysis and management through in-service training and fellowship programs.

    BIDPA was established following the realization that there is a need to have an independent research institute that can effectively conduct research, analysis and publication on development policy issues which are relevant to Botswana. The institute was formed against the background that Government then depended on external experts for policy advice, and that local capacity in policy research, analysis and advice was generally weak.BIDPA is now an established independent institution with high standards in the areas of economic analysis and policy research.  In December 2006, the Executive Board approved a grant of US$ 1.7 million for BIDPA Phase III.

    Project Description:

    The overall goal of BIDPA is to strengthen the capacity for policy analysis, design and management for improved economic policy management in Botswana.

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