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African Union Capacity Building Program (AU-CAP II)

  • Project Name:
    African Union Capacity Building Program (AU-CAP II)
    Institution :
    African Union Commission
    • Core Competence:
      Economic Policy Analysis and Management
    Strategic Pillar:
    Enhancing Critical Capacities for Transformational Change
    Project Region :
    Eastern & Southern Africa
    Country :
    Status :
    Phase :
    Grant Number :
    Grant Amount (USD):
    5 000 000
    Commitment Date:
    Closing Date:
    Phase :
    Bridging Fund
    Grant Number:
    Commitment Date:
    Grant Amount (USD):
    3 000 000
    Approval Date:
    May 2015
    Closing Date:

    The vision of the Africa Union (AU) is to: “build an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, an Africa driven and managed by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the international arena”. In 1993 and 2000 ACBF funded and contributed to the establishment of a Policy Analysis Support Unit (PASU) within the OAU and later - AU Commission, in two phases for a total of USD 6 million.  In December 2006, the Executive Board approved a grant of US$ 5 million to African Union Commission (AUC) for the implementation of the African Union Capacity Building and Institutional Support Programme (AU CAP I). The program contributed to institutional and human capacity enhancement of the African Union, particularly in the areas of strategic planning, resource mobilization and integrated internal coordination processes and supporting initiatives to promote development of Agenda 2063.  The grant also assisted the Commission in developing its capacity to engage more effectively with Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and other AU Organs. It also enabled it to establish effective consultative processes and mechanisms for partnership building.

    Project Description:

    The overall goal of the AU-CAP II  is to contribute to the effective implementation of the AU Commission’s Third Strategic Plan (2014 – 2017).

    This goal will be achieved through the following specific objectives:
    (i)    Strengthen the AUC’s relationships with REC’s, AU organs and with strategic and other partners; and
    (ii)    Strengthen the human and institutional capacity of AU Commission to implement the Third Strategic Plan of the AUC.

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