A Specialized Agency of the African Union

COVID-19 Corner                  Support Our Work

Home | Our Work | How We Do It | Technical Support & Advisory Services | Advisory Services | Support to Civil Society

Support to Civil Society

With the expansion of the ACBF mandate in 1999, the Foundation has been supporting civil society and private sector umbrella organizations. ACBF has been building capacity of non-state actors for advocacy, women empowerment, governance, leadership and conflict resolutions both a t national as well as at regional levels. At national level, ACBF supports are delivered through interface projects to build the capacity of non-state actors to participate in national policy dialogues for the attainment of the countries’ development goals. The Foundation, in its support to non-state actors, made the strategic decision to target not only umbrella organisations but mostly umbrella women organisations in order to set gender issues at the centre of capacity development and foster the necessary tripartite dialogue between the public sector, the private sector and the Non-governmental organisations that facilitate concerted developmental efforts and lead to increase accountability.

Below are the non-state actors’ capacity building projects and institutions supported by ACBF since its first strategic medium term plan.           

  • Alliance of Mayors' Initiative for Community Action Against HIV/AIDS at the Local Level (AMICAALL, Swaziland)
  • Botswana Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (BOCONGO)
  • Institutional Strengthening of the coordinating Assembly of Non-Governmental Organisations (CANGO)
  • Projet de Renforcement des Capacités des Réseaux des Femmes pour Lutter contre la Pauvreté en République du Cameroun (CAREF)
  • Centre de Formation des Acteurs Locaux (CIFAL)
  • Centre for Corporate Governance (CCG, Kenya)
  • Projet de Centre National d'Appui aux Organisations de Femmes du Gabon (CENAF, Gabon)
  • Coordination des Organisations Non-Gouvernementales Féminines Nigériennes (CONGAFEN, Niger)
  • Institute for Democratic Governance Interface Capacity                Building Project (IDEG-CAP, Ghana)
  • Non-Governmental Organization Coordinating Committee   (NGOCC, Zambia)
  • Projet d'Appui au Renforcement des Capacités des Organisations de la Société Civile et à l'Interface au Tchad (PARCOSIT, Chad)
    • Projet de Renforcement des Capacités des Structures d’Encadrement, de Promotion du Secteur Privé, et des Réseaux des Organisations Féminines de la Société Civile, (CASPOF) REPUBLIQUE DEMOCRATIQUE DU CONGO (CASPOF)
    • Projet de Renforcement de l'Interface Etat - Secteur Privé-Société Civile (PARECAP, Burkina Faso)
    • Projet de Renforcement de Capacités des Femmes de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (PRC AFAO)
    • Renforcement des Capacités des Organisations Féminines du Mali (RECOFEM)
    • Projet de Renforcement des Capacités de la Société Civile dans la Prévention et la Gestion des Conflits en Afrique Centrale (PREGESCO, DRC (Regional)     
    • Projet pour le Renforcement de l'Interface entre les Etats et Chambres d'Agriculture de l'Afrique de l'Ouest PRIECA/AO, Senegal (Regional))
    • Projet de Renforcement de l'Interface entre l'Etat et le Secteur Privé (PRIESP, Mali)
    • Projet de Renforcement des Capacités de la Société Civile et du Secteur Privé Pour le Dialogue Interpartenariat en République du Congo (RECADIP, Congo Brazzaville)     
    • South African Non-Governmental Organization Coalition (SANGOCO, South Africa)
    • Association of Non-Governmental Organizations of the Gambia (TANGO, The Gambia)
    • West African Journalists Association (WAJA, Mali (Regional))
    • Zimbabwe Women's Resource Centre and Network (ZWRCN, Zimbabwe)
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