The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) and the African Union Commission (AUC) will hold a Stakeholder Engagement Meeting on 12-13 May 2016 at the African Union Commission HQ, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia themed “Capacity Imperatives for Agenda 2063.”
The meeting will draw representation from various stakeholders in the capacity development sector including Governments and their development partners.
Agenda 2063 - “The Africa We Want” is the indigenous African Strategic Framework agreed upon by African Heads of States and Governments through the African Union. The framework was built around seven key aspirations:
- A prosperous Africa, based on inclusive growth and sustainable development;
- An integrated continent politically united and based on the ideals of Pan-Africanism and the vision of an African Renaissance;
- Rule of law;
- A peaceful and secure Africa;
- An Africa with a strong cultural identity, common heritage, values and ethics;
- An Africa whose development is people driven, relying on the potential offered by African people, particularly women and youth, and caring for children;
- An Africa that can stand as a strong and influential global player and partner.
According to the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), the successful implementation of Agenda 2063 requires a strategic approach that prioritizes key capacity challenges that, if addressed, can unlock the continent’s true potential. Professor Emmanuel Nnadozie the Executive Secretary of ACBF has previously iterated that, “There has been a lack of confidence among some Africans in their capacity to develop the continent. However, development of Africa through partnership and a concerted effort can be achieved.”
The main purpose of the upcoming workshop will be to examine and validate the major points and recommendations that are emerging from the capacity assessment review documents produced by the ACBF, including (i) Capacity Requirements for Agenda 2063; (ii) African critical technical skills: A key Capacity dimension needed for implementing programmes in the first ten years of Agenda 2063; (iii) Capacity Development Plan Framework. Key findings of the review process include the shortcomings of our education systems; the need for critical technical skills and capacities; and the need for change in institutional architecture and legislative frameworks.
The Report on the “Capacity Requirements for Agenda 2063” informs that the capacity required for a successful implementation of Agenda 2063 are clustered into four main categories, namely (1) operational capacity for holistic and effective results (this includes institutional and human capacity as well as systems and work processes); (2) change and transformative capacities (which includes transformative leadership, change readiness, ability for mind-set shifts, and ability to innovate); (3) composite capacity (which includes strategic planning, results-based management as well as organizational and coordination capability); and (4) critical, technical and sector-specific skills for implementing the 10 flagship projects under the First Ten Year Implementation Plan of Agenda 2063.
The study on the “African critical technical skills: A key Capacity dimension needed for implementing programmes in the first ten years of Agenda 2063” shows, among other findings, that:
- in terms of agriculture scientists and researchers, Africa might have a current projected gap of 1,611,042, and a projected number of 1,886,820 to aim for by 2023;
- as a continent, Africa might have a current estimated gap of 2,827,703 water and sanitation engineers; the continent should aim for 3,152,025 by 2023; and
- Africa might have a current projected gap of 7,441,648 engineers, and a projected number of 8,295,163 engineers to aim for by 2023
The “Capacity Development Plan Framework” suggests that for major agenda of capacity development to take place as part of the implementation of Agenda 2063, it is estimated that 80 percent of the needed capacity development interventions could be initiated and carried out by various stakeholder group actors, while approximately 20 percent maybe placed under the responsibility of continental and regional institutions.
Prof Nnadozie adds, “The identification of capacity as a key strategic area has been one of the fundamental missing links with previous development efforts. As such, the implementation of Agenda 2063 will be based on a proper understanding of the capacity requirements and accompanied by a Capacity Development Planning Framework.”
The upcoming workshop will also deliberate on actionable decisions to be made as well as activities to be undertaken by key stakeholder groups for effective execution of a 10 year implementation plan of Agenda 2063.
For more information, please contact:
The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF)
2 Fairbairn Drive, Mt. Pleasant
P.O. Box 1562
Tel. +263 4304663, 0782 762 544
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About the African Capacity Building Foundation
Established in 1991, ACBF builds human and institutional capacity for good governance and economic development in Africa. To date the Foundation has empowered people in governments, parliaments, civil society, private sector and higher education institutions in more than 45 countries and 6 regional economic communities. ACBF supports capacity development with grants, technical assistance and knowledge across Africa.
The establishment of ACBF was in response to the severity of Africa’s capacity needs, and the challenges of investing in indigenous human capital and institutions in Africa. ACBF interventions are premised on four principles: the centrality of capacity to the development process in Africa; the critical role of a partnership and demand driven approach in tackling capacity challenges; African ownership and leadership in the capacity development process; and a systematic, sequenced and coordinated approach to the capacity development process.