African Union designates specialized agency on capacity development

Development management in Africa have been bolstered following the formal endorsement of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) as the African Union’s Specialized Agency for Capacity Development.

ACBF stated that African leaders and delegates attending the 29th Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU) have learnt that efforts to place capacity building at the center of development management in Africa.

The endorsement which has become official following the Resolutions of the 28th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union held in January 2017, is steel proof of the appreciation by African Union member States of the unparalleled position of the African Capacity Building Foundation as the hub of expert knowledge and human resources on capacity development in Africa.

This is based on 26 years of solid work done by the Foundation to advise and support African countries, regional economic communities and institutions on decisive steps to take to develop the key institutions and the practical skills urgently required for the continent’s economic transformation.

“We do accept with humility, this endorsement of the African Union which is a clear pointer to the fact that for the past 26 years, ACBF has undoubtedly proved, through its work, to be Africa’s knowledge and capacity building service provider of choice,” said ACBF’s Executive Secretary Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie.

“In over two decades, we have robustly coordinated capacity development programs worth over 700 million US dollars across 45 countries and helped to set up over 40 reliable policy think thanks that do an indispensable job of advising African governments on the policies to implement to drive development through capacity development.”

“Our production of several hundred evidence-based knowledge products on Africa’s capacity needs, and on practical trajectories to take in developing, using and retaining capacities honed in Africa, have proved to be fundamental and we have made a solid promise to deliver even more for the continent in our 2017-2021 Business Strategy. This strategy is based on four pillars, namely: enabling the effective delivery of continental development priorities, supporting countries to achieve tangible development results, enhancing private sector and civil society to contribute to sustainable development and leveraging knowledge and learning to increase development effectiveness,”he said.

The African Capacity Building Foundation will therefore capitalize on this status to better respond to the urgent capacity needs of African countries, the African Union Commission and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) especially as they implement Agenda 2063 in tandem with the global Sustainable Development Goals.

ACBF has always been a strong advocate of the African Union and the RECs to get well equipped to leverage the continental Agenda especially through its evidence-backed recommendations in study reports on Capacity development imperatives for Agenda 2063 as well as in the ‘Survey of the Capacity Needs of Africa’s Regional Economic Communities and Strategies for Addressing Them.’

ACBF now falls within the category of African Union bodies known as ‘Specialized Agency Set Up by Member States’. This is a type of agency set up voluntarily by Heads of African Union Member States outside the AU structure, managerial and budgetary control with mandate to examine and address a specific issue, goal or objective falling under the general mandate of the African Union.

The specific mandate of the ACBF is to provide capacity development support for the optimal implementation of the AU’s Agencda 2063 and t he SDGs.

“This status therefore provides the Foundation with an opportunity deepen its working relations with all member States of the African Union, the relevant structures of the African Union Commission as well as African institutions such as the African Development Bank (AfDB), Afreximbank, UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) as well as multilateral partners such as the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank, for the benefit of the continent,” the press statement of ACBF stated.