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Capacity Building for Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS)

  • Project Name:
    Capacity Building for Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS)
    Institution :
    Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS)
    • Core Competence:
      Enhancing Critical Capacities for Transformational Change
    Project Region :
    Country :
    Republic of South Africa
    Status :
    Grant Number :
    Grant Amount (USD):
    300 000
    Approval Date:
    November 2014
    Commitment Date:
    Closing Date:

    The Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) is a continental organization that was registered as a non-profit Trust under South African Trust law in 2010. It seeks to address the short, medium, and long-term development challenges in Africa in a holistic and comprehensive manner. MINDS’s vision is to have African societies attain democracy, economic prosperity, social inclusiveness as well as their rightful place in the global community on the basis of a keen self-awareness. It’s mission is stated as, ‘ The Mandela Institute for Development Studies will provide a forum for dialogue, information dissemination and networking, underpinned by rigorous research on different elements of ‘Africaness’ in order to inform and influence policy and practice on governance, economic development and the evolution of African institutions’.

    Project Description:

    The goal of the project is to enhance policy formulation and implementation in Africa and the specific objectives of  are to

    (i) Enhance  human and institutional capacity  of  MINDS to achieve its mandate and

    (ii) Enhance a better understanding of Africa’s heritage and its relevance to the Africa’s Governance and economic development issues

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