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  • Sep
    22 - 23
    Lilongwe, Malawi

    The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) in partnership with the African Development Bank (AfDB) are supporting the African Community of Practice on Managing for Development Results (AfCoP-MfDR) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) to strengthen development processes in countries and domestication of regional economic development policies.

    The partnership between the AfCoP and COMESA focuses on achieving development results through the use of MfDR practices in three policy areas: (i) trade policy, (ii) enabling a business environment and (iii) macro-economic convergence. From 22 to 23 of September 2016, the AfCoP in partnership with COMESA secretariat, government of Malawi, ACBF and AfDB will organize a knowledge sharing forum in Lilongwe Malawi, to take stock of implementation of MfDR principles and domestication of the three target policies by COMESA member states.

    The forum is expected to bring together over 40 senior policy makers, managers and practitioners from COMESA members states (Burundi, Union of Comoros, Congo DRC, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Rwanda, Sudan, Swaziland, Seychelles, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe), experts from COMESA secretariats, ACBF and AfDB.

  • Aug
    29 - 02
    Harare, Zimbabwe

    This is an annual Coordination event held for ACBF supported sub-grantees. This year’s workshop aims to enhance understanding and impart skills in advocacy and leadership for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to be able to advocate for the passage of Tobacco Control (TC) Bill and effective implementation of TC laws in the respective target countries. The workshop will be jointly conducted with Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (CTFK). CSOs supported by CTFK will also participate in this workshop. 

  • Jul
    21 - 21

    ACBF will be supporting UNCTAD in launching their flagship report: Economic Development in Africa Report 2016, on 21st July from 2.30pm to 4.30pm at the Rainbow Towers in Harare, Zimbabwe. The Report titled Debt Dynamics and the Financing of Africa's Sustainable Development, focuses on how Africa can avoid the risk of debt distress, especially that arising from external debt, and other initiatives such as public-private partnerships, while raising much needed development finance. It also considers the roles that Africa's governments, external partners and the international community can play in ensuring that Africa's public debt remains sustainable.

  • Jul
    17 - 19

    The ACBF Executive Secretary, Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie, will be in Abuja, Nigeria from 17 to 19 July.

    On Monday 18 July, he will deliver a goodwill message at the inauguration of new students of the National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS)/University of Benin Post Graduate programme. On Tuesday 19 July he will meet with top officials of the Federal Ministry of Finance and lay down ACBF plans for further capacity building assistance to Nigeria. He will also use the opportunity to thank Nigeria for its support to the Foundation during its pledging conference in June in which Nigeria pledged USD 5 million to the 2017-2021 strategic plan of the Foundation, the highest by an African country.

  • Jul
    17 - 22
    Nairobi, Kenya

    The fourteenth session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 14) will bring together Heads of State and Government, ministers and other prominent players from the business world, civil society and academia to tackle global trade and economic development issues.  The quadrennial Conference in Nairobi, Kenya will also be a unique opportunity to consider the most appropriate means of delivering on the post-2015 development agenda. It will also decide on UNCTAD’s programme of work.

    The ACBF Executive Secretary, Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie will be at UNCTAD 14 and make a presentation on 20th July “From Decision to Action” at a High Level Panel on  Fostering Africa’s structural transformation.  

  • Jul
    16 - 16
    Kigali, Rwanda

    On behalf of H.E Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia and the chair of Empowerment of Women in Agriculture (EWA) initiative, the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) in conjunction with the Femme Africa Solidarité (FAS) have organized a breakfast meeting to brief and update Heads of States of the pilot countries and other key stakeholders on the Empowering Women in Agriculture initiative.   The side event is planned to take place on the sidelines of the 27th session of the General Assembly of the African Union in collaboration with African Union Commission (AUC), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the World Bank.

    The EWA initiative was officially launched on the sidelines of the 19th AU Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 15th July 2012 and co-chaired by H.E. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and H.E. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda. With the conviction that African women are crucial to agricultural transformation, Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS) and the Gender is my Agenda Campaign Network (GIMAC) in partnership with the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) and the Mo Ibrahim Foundation coordinate the establishment of the Empowerment of Women in Agriculture (EWA) initiative.  

  • Jul
    13 - 15
    Nairobi, Kenya

    From July 13-15, 2016, the African Community of Practice on Managing for Development Results (AfCoP-MfDR) will organize the Third Africa for Results Forum in Nairobi, Kenya. The 3rd Africa for Results (AfriK4R) Forum focuses on domestic resources mobilization. It seeks to further the results culture in Africa and contribute to the continent’s transformation agenda. This will be realized through a knowledge sharing and dialogue on mainstreaming results-based management in support of key institutional reforms to enhance domestic resource mobilization required for achieving the desired development results.

    The meeting will involve decision makers, leaders, scholars and practitioners from public and private sectors as well as civil society organizations who are involved in development, DRM and MfDR. Specifically, the event will bring together high level officials from revenue mobilization institutions including tax administration, supervision and oversight institutions as well as financial intermediaries from both Anglophone and Francophone African Countries and regional institutions.

  • Jul
    11 - 11

    The African Capacity Building Foundation will hold the 59th Regular Meeting of the Executive Board on 11 July 2016. The Executive Board meets ordinarily four times a year and is composed of experts in the field of capacity building in areas within ACBF's mandate. 

  • Jul
    10 - 18
    Kigali Convention Centre

    The 27th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government will be hosted for the first time by the Government of Rwanda at the Kigali Convention Centre in Kigali, Rwanda from July 10th-18th, 2016 under the theme of African Year of Human and People’s Rights with particular focus on the rights of women.

    The program of the Summit will be as follows:

    10-12 July 2016:                 The 32nd Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives

    Committee of the African Union.

    13-15 July 2016:                 The 29th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union

    17-18 July 2016:                 The 27th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union


  • Jun
    30 - 01
    Hôtel Ivoire, Abidjan

    Most African countries have engaged deep reforms towards transformation of their economies through the domestication of Agenda 2063 especially its first 10-year Plan and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Capacity is a defining factor of success in the implementation of these agendas. Capacity development is a defining parameter for a successful implementation of this continental development agenda, to be delivered through a national and continental architecture comprising countries, regional and continental institutions.

    To respond to the continent’s capacity development requirements over the next five years, President Alassane Ouattara and the Government of Côte d’Ivoire in cooperation with the African Development Bank will host on 30 June – 01 July 2016 at the Hôtel Ivoire in Abidjan, the launch of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF)’s Strategy for the period 2017-2021 and the 25th Regular Meeting of the ACBF Board of Governors. The Conference will include a Donor Pledging Session and will attract African governments and the continent’s development partners.

    The ACBF   Strategy   2017-2021 is anchored on the Foundation’s vision of an Africa Capable of Achieving its Own Development, and aims to produce skilled people and strong institutions that will transform Africa. The Strategy builds on the experience accumulated and the lessons learned by the Foundation over the past 25 years as a leading institution in capacity building and its deep rooting in Africa’s development realities.


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