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The Role of Capacity Development in Stabilising Fragile or Post Conflict Contexts

Etambuyu A. Gundersen Knowledge and Learning Officer, ACBF
2 Fairbairn Drive Mt. Pleasant, ACBF Boardroom
25 Oct, 2013
1100hrs to 1300hrs


This paper makes the argument that fragile states can overcome economic vulnerability through quality of governance and that investment in capacity development, however small, is what differentiates those states with visible development results from those which despite having abundant natural resources have challenges translating wealth or economic gains from natural resources to development results.

Fragility can manifest itself in many different ways and therefore pockets of fragility can exist in otherwise stable countries, where for instance, growing access to information and changing expectations among constituents reveal cracks in the social contract between the State and Society. Using the 2013 Ibrahim Index of African Governance and the 2013 Africa Capacity Indicators Report, the paper explores the rankings of Egypt, Kenya, Ethiopia, Angola, Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Even though some of these countries have low rankings in terms of governance, those that have invested in developing institutional and individual capacities both financially and in terms of policy allocation have been able to register improvement in creating a policy environment conducive for development and sustainable economic opportunities.

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