Established on February 9th, 1991, the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) is the outcome of a partnership between African governments and the international donor community. The major sponsors of the Foundation are African and non-African governments, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank. The three institutions constitute the Foundation’s sponsoring agencies: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) joined the Foundation in September 2002.
The Foundation also enjoys the support of African and non-African countries, as well as corporations.
Our mission is to build sustainable human and institutional capacity for poverty reduction in Africa. Our mandate in capacity building is defined by our Constitution, adopted by the Foundation’s stakeholders in February 1991.
ACBF has made great strides over the past two decades in becoming one of the leading capacity development organizations on the continent, empowering individual professionals, as well as strengthening capacities of government, parliaments, civil society, private and higher learning institutions across Africa. The Foundation has been instrumental in equipping various cadres of professionals with knowledge and skills to address the continent’s enormous development challenges, particularly poverty, policies for economic growth and job creation. Using a variety of approaches and interventions, and working with various development partners, ACBF has focused its energies and resources in building leadership and technical expertise of high ranking professionals in key government agencies and departments.
ACBF’s capacity development agenda responds to a myriad of challenges facing Africa over the medium to long term. Among these are:
- Challenges of globalization including innovative capacity development interventions
- Regional Integration and support to the Regional Economic Communities
- Youth Employment
- Development financing
- Agriculture and climate change
- Fragile states and post-conflict countries
- Resource rich but capacity poor countries
ACBF will respond by scaling up its efforts to deepen policy reforms and promote the effective application of knowledge for development, in a spirit of partnership with its stakeholders.
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