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The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) Hosts the 29th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors

09 Nov, 2020

The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), African Union’s Specialized Agency for Capacity Development will hold its 29th Meeting of the Board of Governors (BoG) on 11 November 2020. BoG is the highest policymaking organ. Its main responsibility is to set the broad policy and strategic direction of the Foundation.

Hosted virtually by the Chair of the Board of Governors, Honorable Minister of Finance of the Republic of Ghana, the Board of Governors will among others, discuss the overall status, achievements as well as the financial position of the Foundation. The meeting will also provide an opportunity to explore the capacity development priorities of African member states, especially in light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Executive Secretary Prof. Emmanuel NNDADOZIE says this meeting is crucial in the history of the Foundation as it takes place in the advent of the novel Coronavirus, which has crippled economies and threatened the delivery of development agencies around the world and on the African continent.   

“This Meeting will be key for the Continent’s Capacity Agenda, and calls for all our shareholders and stakeholders’ commitment to chart a path that will enable the Foundation to rise above the evident challenges in order to efficiently support and strengthen member states’ capacities to remain on track to achieve the Agenda 2063 as well as the Sustainable Development Goals.”

The Board of Governors is the forum of shareholders of the Foundation comprising Ministers of Finance or Planning as representatives of ACBF member countries and non-regional funding partners, the founding institutional members (African Development Bank,  United Nations Development Program and World Bank) and other key stakeholders and partners, including the Afreximbank, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the African Development Bank and the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA).


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