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Efforts in improving local governance in Africa benefits from ACBF’s interventions

21 Sep, 2015

The African Capacity Building Foundation has improved the effectiveness of local governance in Africa through its support to governance network International Centre for Training of Local Authorities (Centre International pour la Formation des Autorités Locales -CIFAL) .   

CIFAL, an initiative aimed at improving the effectiveness of local governance in African countries, has been instrumental in promoting knowledge sharing and skills development among local government officials in African Cities. African CIFAL centres - (CIFAL- Ouagadougou and CIFAL-Durban) were established in 2003 as part of a world network of training centres for local leaders and managers to improve decentralized and local governance.

To date, several CIFAL centres have been established around the world to encourage city-to-city cooperation. They have contributed to increase citizen’s knowledge in promoting and raising awareness on issues such as improved living environments, better municipal governance, gender equality, innovative practices in water and sanitation management and occupational safety amongst other.

Through CIFAL- Ouagadougou, ACBF strengthens the capacity of local actors in Francophone African countries to efficiently manage public service delivery and in Anglophone countries through CIFAL Durban. The Centres offer a series of regional, national and international training events on sustainable solutions to the challenges faced by local authorities.

For instance, with support from ACBF, CIFAL-Durban has successfully promoted knowledge-sharing and skills development among 432 local government officials from 234 Councils in 17 countries. 

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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