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Africa Capacity Issue 5


Welcome to the fifth edition of Africa Capacity. ACBF acknowledges the importance of partnerships in building capacity in Africa. In September, the Foundation and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) agreed on a partnership to strengthen knowledge sharing and learning with the Australia Africa Community Engagement Scheme (AACES). The two organizations agreed that there are future opportunities for closer collaboration in the implementation of the AACES as well as other Australian Government’s development initiatives in Africa. Read more

Leveraging ACBF resources to support the Australian Africa Community Engagement Scheme (AACES)

The ACBF and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) have agreed on a strategic partnership to strengthen knowledge sharing and learning in the Australia Africa Community Engagement Scheme (AACES). Both parties agreed that by leveraging ACBF resources, including ACBF-funded research organizations and networks, there is a strong potential for collaboration to strengthen knowledge sharing in AACES. It was also agreed that links be created with ACBF funded research institutions and civil society organizations. Read more

ACBF on course towards completing reforms agreed with the World Bank

The ACBF secretariat has become more efficient and more effective in building capacity in Africa as a result of significant progress made in ongoing reforms agreed with the World Bank. The ACBF Executive Secretary presented the progress achieved in the implementation of the reforms and the overall current status of ACBF at the 2014 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund from 6th October to 13th October 2014. Read more

ACBF champions human and institutional capacity development in Africa

ACBF has been instrumental in putting capacity at the heart of Africa’s development agenda and demonstrated that building capacity makes economic sense. As a result, capacity building has become a transversal priority in the development strategies of most African countries today. The Foundation has championed the building of human and institutional capacity in the public sector and for non-state actors, including media and civil society and African regional and subregional organizations.  Read more

ACBF enhancing critical capacities for transformational change

"The ACBF-funded program has changed my capacity in at least two ways. First, it has given me a very strong background in economics, enabling me to understand the dynamics of African and world economics with strong analytical skills. Second, thanks to the program, I became internationally competitive..." 

Interview with Barassou Diawara, a beneficiary of an ACBF-supported higher learning program. Read more

Infrastructure financing is key to West Africa’s revitalization

Africa’s future lies in its ability to generate its own finance to develop the infrastructure needed to eradicate poverty and promote economic transformation. Despite the various benefits of infrastructure development, West African countries and the rest of Africa suffer from poor investment in the sector. Read more

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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