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Africa Capacity Issue 8


Dear Friends,

Welcome to the eighth edition of Africa Capacity. The Africa Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) continues to drum the relevance of Africans making the continent "The Africa We Want". In line with the African Union Agenda 2063 - "a strategy to optimize use of Africa's resources for the benefits of all Africans", the ACBF remains committed to raise awareness on the importance of capacity for Africa's development and demonstrate its role in supporting the implementation of Agenda 2063. ACBF has been leading two important studies at the behest of the Africa Union Commission, one on the capacity imperatives for Agenda 2063 and the second focusing on risks to the implementation of the continent's development blueprint... read more 


ACBF proves to be a valuable partner to Australia's AACES program

The African Capacity Building Foundation's (ACBF) support as the Resource Facility Manager to the Australia Africa Community Engagement Scheme (AACES) has been pointed as critical to the success of the AACES program . A recent performance assessment by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of ACBF's support to AACES underlined the excellent capacity of the Foundation in steering the program towards achieving its objectives... read more 


Building Capacity for the successful implementation of the African Union's Agenda 2063

Without capacity development, chances are relatively minimal that the African Union Agenda 2063 - a vision focusing on a sustainable transformation of Africa in the next 50 years - will succeed in achieving its goals. The need to reflect on the capacity imperatives of the Agenda 2063 cannot, therefore, be overstated as concluded by African experts at a high level panel discussion organized by ACBF on 26 March 2015 during the 8th AUC/ECA Annual Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on the theme “Capacity Imperatives for the African Union Agenda 2063”.... read more 


ACBF to enter into partnership with PEP

ACBF and of Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP) in March held a workshop in Harare, Zimbabwe to explore areas for future partnership. PEP is an international organization that links researchers globally to enhance capacity for development policy analysis in developing countries. Its focus includes contributing contextualized policy solutions to socioeconomic development challenges. PEP's research contributes to informing national and international debates related to economic policy, poverty, gender and sustainable development – an area that is also strategic for ACBF. ... read more 


Think tanks relevant to Africa's future

Africa has over the last years witnessed a rise in the number and quality of think tanks, under ACBF's leadership. These think tanks have played an important role in shaping policies for sustainable development of the continent. However, they should continue to look over the horizon and ground their work on local priorities and realities if they are to remain relevant to the African continent, especially in the context of renewed efforts to speed up the development of continent ... read more


African countries pledge their continued support to ACBF

ACBF member countries pledged their continued support to the Foundation at a working lunch held for the third Special Meeting of the ACBF Governors, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 30 March. Contributions from member countries stood this year at US$15m, a record in the history of the Foundation, prompting Hon. Christian Magnagna, Gabon's minister of Budget and Chair of the Board of Governors to commend countries for their financial support.... read more

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