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How we do it

To achieve our goal of enabling individuals and institutions to ultimately improve the lives of Africans, we actively build strategic partnerships, extend grants to think tanks across the continent, offer technical support on capacity development to Governments, the private sector and civil society; and provide stakeholders with access to relevant knowledge related to capacity building and sustainable development in Africa. 

Our five service lines to deliver impact on our strategic pillars are:

  1. Resource Mobilization Services;
  2. Capacity Development Advisory Services;
  3. Knowledge Services;
  4. Investment in Capacity Development Initiatives and Management of Partner Investment in Capacity Development Initiatives and
  5. Innovation in Capacity Development.
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