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Institution Building Policy Analysis and Training

  • Project Name:
    Institution Building Policy Analysis and Training
    Institution :
    National Institute for Economic Policy (NIEP)
    • Core Competence:
      Economic Policy Analysis and Management
    Project Region :
    Eastern & Southern Africa
    Country :
    Republic of South Africa
    Status :
    Grant Number :
    Grant Amount (USD):
    2 000 000
    Commitment Date:
    Closing Date:

    NIEP was a policy analysis and research institute that succeeded the Macroeconomic Research Group (MERG) which operated in 1991-1993.  MERG assisted the African national Congress Alliance to formulate economic policies in the run up to the first democratic elections.  It was responsible for the design of the South African macro-economic framework called the Making democracy Work.  NIEP then the successor played major role in the articulation of the Reconstruction and Development Programme.  It quantified the programme and made submissions which formed the basis of a government white paper on the programme.  The institute worked closely with the Departments of Finance, Labour, Trade and Industry, and the Office of the Deputy President among other agencies. 

    Project Description:

    The main aim of the project was to contribute to the empowerment of blacks in South Africa by improving the level and quality of their participation in the design and management of development policies and programmes.  Immediate objectives included, improving the quality of post graduate economics education in the historically disadvantaged universities (HDU’s) in the area of teaching research so that blacks could have access to a reasonably comparable quality of economics education in the country; (ii) contributing to the strengthening of national capacity for the articulation of development policies and programmes, rigorous analysis of such policies and programmes and the management of the development process especially key economic departments, parliamentaries and their committees on economic policy and the leadership of the trade unions; and (iii) strengthening the operational capacity of NIEP to conduct independent research and policy analysis in order to stimulate debate on South Africa’s development strategy and policies including providing a local institutional capacity for the implementation of the HDU and national capacity building programme. 

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