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The African Training and Research Centre in Administration for Development Capacity Building Project

  • Project Name:
    The African Training and Research Centre in Administration for Development Capacity Building Project
    Institution :
    African Training and Research Centre in Administration for Development/ Centre Africain de Formation et de Recherche en Administration de Developpement (CAFRAD)
    • Core Competence:
      Public Administration and Management
    Project Region :
    West & Central Africa
    Country :
    Morocco
    Status :
    Active
    Phase :
    1
    Grant Number :
    168
    Grant Amount (USD):
    700 000
    Approval Date:
    May 2005
    Commitment Date:
    2006
    Closing Date:
    2009
    Phase :
    2
    Grant Number:
    272
    Grant Amount (USD):
    2 000 000
    Commitment Date:
    2012
    Closing Date:
    2016
    Introduction:

    The African Training and Research Centre in Administration for Development or Centre Africain de Formation et de Recherche en Administration de Developpement (CAFRAD) was established in 1964 and entrusted with the mission to support the efforts of African governments to “Africanize” their civil service and upgrade their skills in order to adapt the administration inherited from the colonial period to the new African context and realities.  At its 33rd Regular Meeting, in May 2005, the Executive Board approved a grant of US$700,000 to support CAFRAD. On the 27th of June 2012, ACBF signed a grant of US$ 2 million for a second phase. 

    Project Description:

    The main goal of the project is to enhance the human and institutional capacities of the Centre in order to help African governments and institutions in their efforts to achieve sound and effective public administration and good governance.

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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