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International Centre for Training of Local Authorities (CIFAL), Durban

  • Project Name:
    International Centre for Training of Local Authorities (CIFAL), Durban
    Institution :
    Municipality of eThekwini
    Project Region :
    Eastern & Southern Africa
    Country :
    Republic of South Africa
    Status :
    Closed
    Grant Number :
    193
    Grant Amount (USD):
    1 000 000
    Commitment Date:
    2007
    Closing Date:
    2011
    Introduction:

    The goal of the “Project for Capacity Building of the International Training Center for local actors” (CIFAL) Durban was to improve governance at decentralized and local governments.On the 15th of December 2006 the ACBF Executive Board approved a grant of US$1 million for the financing of CIFAL.

    Project Description:

    The two specific objectives of the project were:

    (i)                    To build/strengthen institutional and human capacity of CIFAL DURBAN so as to enable it fulfill its mission and objectives.

    (ii)                   To train 600 decentralized and local actors in relevant areas of local governance by the end of the Project.  

    Two main strategies were used to achieve the above immediate objectives. Institutional strengthening through the assignment of adequate office space to CIFAL Durban and the recruitment of a minimum staff to operate the Center and coordinate training and networking activities used as strategies to build institutional and human capacity of CIFAL Durban. Training of trainers, training of leaders and managers of decentralized and local entities in relevant areas of local governance and e-governance, and networking through the establishment of decentralized cooperation and exchange of experiences were used as strategies to train local actors. 

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
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