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Capacity Building for the Centre for Public Policy Analysis and Advocacy (CERCAP)

  • Project Name:
    Capacity Building for the Centre for Public Policy Analysis and Advocacy (CERCAP)
    Institution :
    The Government of the Republic of Mali
    • Core Competence:
      Economic Policy Analysis and Management
    Project Region :
    West & Central Africa
    Country :
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    Grant Number :
    Grant Amount (USD):
    2 000 000
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    Closing Date:

    CERCAP is an outgrowth of CAFPD and PRIESP and was part of ongoing efforts for capacity building and strategic management of development of the Government of Mali. The Government had implemented a number of reforms that enabled it to put the economy back on the path to growth, and to reduce the budget deficit. However, the country’s economic performance had a weak foundation for sustainable growth due to the lack of systematic actions in the areas of capacity building and good governance. In May 2005 the ACBF Executive Board approved a grant of US$ 2 million for CERCAP.

    Project Description:

    The goal of the CERCAP project (Centre d’etudes et de renforcement des Capacites d’analyse et de Plaidoyer)  was to improve the policy formulation and analysis capacity of the public sector on one hand, and professionalize the voices of the private sector and civil society on the other, to enable them to interface efficiently with the public sector in the process of policy, projects and programs formulation, and the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the PRSP.  The specific objectives of the project were to: i) establish an autonomous policy research and advocacy center, ii) strengthen government national capacity in economic policy analysis and formulation by consolidating the research, training, and dissemination programs on key economic issues within the framework of the poverty reduction strategy and the institutional development program; iii) strengthen the policy analysis capacity of the private sector and the civil societyto enable them to play the role of engine of economic growth and ensure a more equitable distribution of the fruits of growth respectively, and enhance their advocacy message; and iv) set up formal mechanisms for discussion of research findings and policy debates with the public sector, the private sector and civil society.

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