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African Futures Institute

  • Project Name:
    African Futures Institute
    Institution :
    Africa Futures Institute
    • Core Competence:
      Economic Policy Analysis and Management
    Project Region :
    Eastern & Southern Africa
    Country :
    Republic of South Africa
    Status :
    Grant Number :
    Grant Amount (USD):
    800 000
    Commitment Date:
    Closing Date:

    The African Futures Institute (AFI) is an independent institution derived from the African Futures Programme of the UNDP. It was established in 1992 as a result of a consensus between donors recognizing that sustainable development requires a long-term vision to guide the formulation of comprehensive and balanced poverty reduction strategies. The National Long Term Perspective Studies (NLTPS) framework pioneered by the programme emphasizes the interdependence of social, structural, human, governance, environmental, economic, and financial elements in shaping a country’s vision and strategy. It is an interactive process designed to facilitate a national consensus on development goals, strategies and policies.

    Project Description:

    The overall goal of the AFI was to support development in African countries through strengthening capacity for long-term perspective studies. Specifically, the AFI provided technical support to African countries to develop the NLTPS as a process aimed at institutionalizing long-term approaches to development planning. More specifically, the objectives of the AFI were to enhance the capacity of national planning institution to define, quantify and develop long-term development objectives and integrated strategies to achieve them, strengthen national capacities to undertake broad-based national dialogue, develop and expand knowledge required to link long-term objectives and medium term planning and development frameworks. As a result, the impact of the project reflected in enhanced capacity of African countries to undertake broad-based long-term perspective studies for policymaking and planning and increase their alignment to the PRSP and other policy instruments.


    The activities of the AFI included: (i) technical support to countries in the design, formulation and operationalization of long-term perspective studies, taking into account the PRSP and MDG; (ii) training to expand the knowledge and skills required for long-term strategic management and planning; (iii) research aimed at improving the NLTPS framework and improve analytical approaches and strategies for their implementation; (iv) communication and dissemination to provide wide and user-friendly access to their outputs. The AFI will leverage its relationship with UNDP to establish and build partnerships with donors, countries, and other development partners.  

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