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Africa Capacity Issue 6


From the Executive Secretary

Welcome to the sixth edition of Africa Capacity.
The year 2014 was a significant year for the African Capacity Building Foundation in its drive toward sustained capacity development in Africa. ACBF has successfully supported the continent in building capacity for the formulation and management of economic policies and in achieving strengthened public administration, transparent and accountable financial management. We have supported statistical development, effective oversight of the executive arms of governments by parliaments, as well as improved participation of civil society and private sector in the policy-making process. Read more


ACBF boosts COMESA’s research capabilities with $3 million
The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) launched in August 2014 a US$3m project to help the Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa’s (COMESA’s) Secretariat address the challenge of inadequate capacity for the conduct and coordination of policy researche and analyses – a state of affairs, which had hindered the secretariat’s ability to develop and utilize quality, relevant and timely research to inform the bloc’s economic and trade policy. Read more

ZEPARU’s study contributes to shape mining policy in Zimbabwe
A 2013 strategic study conducted by the Zimbabwe Policy Analysis and Research Unit (ZEPARU), a semi-autonomous policy think tank established and supported by the African capacity Building Foundation, the government of Zimbabwe and other development partners has led the Zimbabwean government to initiate a review of the country’s Mines and Minerals Act. Read more


ACBF, partners get Gates Foundation grant for tobacco control
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has made a US$32m grant available to the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s Foundation (CDC Foundation) and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK). The grant will be used to advance the coordination of the Tobacco Control Project across the continent, which aims to    curb the menace of tobacco in Africa. Read more


Coming in full circle: born and bred of the capacity development efforts of ACBF
This is the story of Dr. Pamela Kabaso, the current Executive Director of the Zambia Institute of Policy Analysis (ZIPAR), a semi-autonomous policy think tank supported by ACBF. ZIPAR’s mandate is to conduct research and analysis for policy formulation, implementation and monitoring. Pamela is a beneficiary of two ACBF post graduate scholarship. Read more


Implications of the Ebola crisis on Africa’s capacity development
The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) was among top African organizations and businesses at a roundtable to establish an emergency fund to help countries hit by the Ebola outbreak. The meeting at the African Union Conference Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on November 8, 2014 brought together the African Union, the African Development Bank, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, foundations, non-governmental organizations and leading businesses in Africa committed to creating and supporting a funding mechanism to deal with the Ebola outbreak and its consequences. Read more


Play leading role in financing capacity building, ACBF urges African states
In light of the significant capacity challenges facing the continent, which requires more resources, there is an urgent need for Africans to step up their own financial support and take the lead in advocating for the financing of the activities of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF). This appeal was made by the Foundation’s Executive Secretary, Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie, at the inaugural meeting of the Permanent Committee of the Board of Governors of the Foundation on Resource Mobilization held on 3-4 November 2014 in Lome, Togo. Read more

ACBF’s Executive Board approves business plan for 2015
The Executive Board of the African Capacity Building Foundation at its meeting on 8 - 10 December 2014 in Harare approved the Foundation’s 2015 business plan, budget, and six new operations. The management updated the Board on ACBF’s new business model which emphasizes enhanced collaboration with mature implementing partners. The new model also highlights decentralization of operations, effective use of Information and Communication Technology, and multidisciplinary teams for supervision mission and clarity of business processes. Read more


  • Partnership meeting between the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and ACBF: 15-16 January, Harare
  • 24th African Union Summit: 23-31 January, Addis Ababa
  • Expert Group discussions on The Future of Capacity Development in Africa and ACBF’s Role: 02-03 February, ACBF Secretariat, Harare
  • 10th Meeting of the COMESA Technical Committee on Gender: 02-04 February, Lusaka, Zambia
  • African Evaluation Association partnership meeting: 16-18, February. ACBF Secretariat, Harare
  • Think Tank Initiative Exchange 2015: 18-20 February, Istanbul, Turkey

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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