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  • May
    13 - 15

    The Rwanda Defense Force Command and Staff College will host the National Security Symposium between 13 and 15 May 2019.  Participants to the symposium will deliberate on matters of national, regional and continental security with a view to developing practical solutions to address persistent conflicts in Africa.

    High level policy makers, security practitioners, subject matter experts and scholars of security studies from across Africa will engage in interactive discussions on contemporary security challenges on the African continent.  Ambassador Abdoulaye Diop will represent the Foundation where he will speak on “Youth Bulge and Unemployment in Africa: A Threat to Security and Development”.

  • Oct
    12 - 14
    Bali Nusa Dua, Indonesia

    The Executive Secretary, Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie will represent the Foundation at the Annual Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund to be held in Bali, Indonesia in October. The meetings will bring together a host of influential actors like Ministers of Finance and Development, central bankers, members of the civil society, private sector executives and academics. The meeting participants will deliberate on a number of pertinent issues of global concern which include, economic development, the eradication of poverty, employment creation and global financial stability. With the ACBF focusing on the same issues and continuously working on building capacity of African countries so that they can sustainably achieve their goals, the meetings will provide more ideas on how best to fulfill the ACBF mandate.

  • Jul
    19 - 20
    Hilton Hotel

    The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) will hold the 27th Annual Meeting of its Board of Governors (BoG) between 19 and 20 July, 2018 in Yaoundé (Cameroon) under the theme “Youth employment in Africa: A Focus on Developing the Critical Skills.”

    The meeting will gather Finance and Economic Panning Ministers from its member states as well as representatives from the ACBF’s multi-lateral partners; The World Bank, Afrexim Bank, Bill&Melinda Gates Foundation, The African Development Bank and Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA).

    On the sidelines of the 2018 BoG Meeting and as a key component of the gathering, ACBF will organize a High-Level Forum to share experience and knowledge on the various strategies and innovations aimed at tackling youth unemployment, highlighting the good practices and lessons learned especially in developing critical technical skills required for the effective flight against youth unemployment in Africa. The specific objectives include the following:

    • share experience and knowledge on the various strategies and innovations aimed at tackling youth unemployment, highlighting the good practices and lessons learned;

    • highlight the critical skills and capacities needed to address youth unemployment issues; and

    • provide actionable recommendations and innovative solutions on how best African countries can develop the required critical skills to tackle youth unemployment.

  • Jul
    11 - 14
    Abuja, Nigeria

    The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) is hosting its 2018 edition of annual meetings as well as celebrating its 25th anniversary in Abuja, Nigeria. The annual meetings constitute largest trade development oriented events in Africa and focus on trade based development of the continent. The meetings will host key actors in the developmental discourse in Africa including influential stakeholders from the business sector, government and international organisations.

    The ACBF, a key stakeholder in Africa’s development agenda will attend and take part in the High-Level Strategic meetings which will among other issues focus on how Africa can work with its partners in the agenda to harness innovation and technology which are the key drivers for developmental transformation, trade and economic growth. The Executive Secretary Professor Nnadozie will represent the Foundation.

  • May
    23 - 25
    Johannesburg, South Africa

    The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), through the Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA) has organised the 2018 Africa Union Renaissance Conference (AURC) aimed at establishing how the continent can successfully industrialize given the current global economic context, regional and national challenges. The focus of the conference this year is on “Accelerating industrialisation in Africa: Implications for regional integration, job creation and poverty alleviation.”

    Participants to the Conference will include high-level policy makers, researchers, business leaders, entrepreneurs and academics

    The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) has been invited to give a keynote address in recognition of its capacity building work around the theme of the Conference. Specifically, ACBF’s keynote address will be on the ‘The key dimensions of human capital development and capacity building in Africa’s industrialization and economic development processes.”

    Dr Thomas Munthali, Director for Knowledge and Learning, will give the key note address on behalf of the Executive Secretary.

  • May
    21 - 25
    Busan, South Korea

    The African Development Bank Group will hold its 53rd Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors from 21-25 May in Busan, South Korea. The Group is focusing on industrialising the continent which has long been deemed to be the panacea for Africa’s development problems. Though Africa has over the past two decades made strides in economic growth, it has not realized the same success with industrialisation which is commensurate to the needs of the continent. Rapid industrialisation is needed for Africa to really take off and fulfil its vast potential. This would see the continent increasing productivity in terms of technological advancement, manufacturing of raw materials and value addition which are still lacking in most countries within the continent. These will have the effect of insulating Africa from suffering huge loses which come as a result of the volatile prices of primary goods which make up much of Africa’s exports.

    Africa has been encouraged to draw lessons from the South Korean development experience and with a host of South Korean firms and corporations already investing in Africa, it is imperative that the two share ideas and exchange knowledge in a bid to assist Africa onto the developmental path. 

    The meetings will be attended by thousands of delegates which will include Heads of State, members of academia, public and private sector players and development strategic partners including the African Capacity Development Foundation. ACBF being a Specialised Agency of the African Union will be a key participant in the meetings as it has a lot to offer on the discussion table as well as a lot to learn. The Foundation will be represented at the meetings by the Executive Secretary Professor Emmanuel Nnadozie and Mr Bakary Kone, Director of the Resource Mobilisation, Strategic Planning and Partnerships Department.

  • Apr
    30 - 30
    Abuja, Nigeria

    In June 2017, ACBF approved a grant of $345,000 to the Public Service Institute of Nigeria (PSIN). The Institute is one of the manpower development institutes in Nigeria with a mandate to train senior and middle-level managers in both the Federal and State governments.

    The grant supported PSIN to expand the knowledge and skills of its teaching staff and to improve critical organizational functions such as strategic planning, communication, monitoring and evaluation.

    By approving this grant, ACBF enhanced the capacity of PSIN to conduct computer-based examinations through the expansion of its 90-seat Computer Based Training (CBT) Centre. The centre has expanded to a 170 seater. The ACBF issued grant enabled the purchase of computer equipment and software. The CBT Centre is a growing revenue source for PSIN as demand for computer-based testing from both the federal and state governments is expected to rise in coming years.

    On this day, Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie will officially open the CBT Centre.

  • Apr
    12 - 17
    Addis Ababa
    The Commission is organizing the Second Session of the Specialized Technical Committee (STC) on Finance, Monetary Affairs, Economic Planning and Integration as per Decision Assembly/AU/Dec.227(XII), reconfiguring the Specialized Technical Committees (STCs) and Decision Assembly/AU/Dec.365(XVII) requesting the Commission to operationalize the STCs form January 2013 and to abolish sectoral Ministerial Conferences.
    The First STC was held in October 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, under the theme “Growth, employment and inequality”. The STC highlighted corruption as one of the setbacks to sustainable inclusive economic growth. The meeting noted that corruption discourages investors and increases inequalities. In this regard, efforts have to be directed toward considering the correct mix of policies, auditing national laws and enacting laws in line with the changing global context. In addition, the meeting underscored the need to address Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs). To achieve this, it was noted that there was need for improved governance and accountability for reducing the financial haemorrhage of illicit financial flows through the fight against corruption. Overall, the meeting concluded that financing Africa’s development requires a comprehensive approach that harnesses the potential of domestic resources mobilization.
    In the same vein, in recognition of the negative impact that corruption has on the development of African countries, the African Union has dedicated the year 2018 to the fight against corruption. Under the theme, “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A sustainable path for Africa’s Transformation”, African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government are resolute in their willingness to fight corruption on the continent. Consequently, the theme for the second STC is “Mobilisation of domestic resources: fighting against corruption and Illicit Financial Flows”.
  • Apr
    05 - 07
    Accra, Ghana
    The 2018 Africa Think Tank Summit aims at proposing strategies and actionable recommendations for think tanks to meaningfully contribute to the promotion of job creation while sharing knowledge and good practices and developing solutions to effectively tackle youth unemployment issues within the context of Africa’s vision as reflected in Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 
    To this end, through the various keynote speeches, presentations, discussions, interactions and side-events, the Summit will address the following four (04) key objectives: 
     Discuss the role that effective leadership can play in addressing Africa’s youth unemployment challenge. 
     Share experiences on how to develop the requisite private sector that can create jobs for the youths. 
     Reflect on how to build the critical technical skills necessary for sustainable youth employment opportunities. 
     Offer practical solutions for youth employment in Africa through the sharing of innovations and good practices, including entrepreneurship and agricultural enterprises. 
     Launch the book ‘Creation, Management and Sustainability of Think Tanks in Africa’. 
    The 5th Africa Think Tank Summit is expected to generate the following outcomes:
     Renewed, enhanced and sustained commitment of think tanks to proactively support the successful implementation of Agenda 2063 and Agenda 2030, with special attention on job creation;
     Platform for networking via fruitful exchanges of ideas, knowledge and relevant experiences and good practices on what needs to be done to effectively and sustainably tackle youth unemployment in Africa (including an opportunity for think tanks to engage policy-makers, private sector and non-state actors);
     Launch of the Book on ‘Creation, Management and Sustainability of Think Tanks in Africa’; and
     Roadmap for building and sustaining national, regional and international partnerships around developing of a Coordinated Capacity Development Program on tackling youth unemployment and migration in Africa. 
  • Nov
    29 - 30

    ACBF was invited to participate in a 3 day consultative retreat with all RECs, NEPAD, AfDB, ACBF and UNECA to develop the draft outcome documents based on Africa’s own priorities for the 5th AU-EU Summit


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