Commemoration of 30 years of capacity building in Africa


With the vision of “An Africa Capable of Achieving Its Own Development,” the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), African Union’s specialized Agency for Capacity Development marks 30 years of capacity building in Africa.

ACBF was founded on 09 February 1991 by African countries and their development partners. The Foundation was given the mandate to build strategic partnerships, offer technical support, and provide access to relevant knowledge related to capacity building in Africa.

To date, ACBF has empowered Governments, Parliaments, Civil Society Organizations, Private Sector and Institutions of higher learning in over 48 African countries and eight Regional Economic Communities (RECs). The Foundation supports capacity development through skills and institutional development, technical assistance and advisory support, funds administration, project management and knowledge generation and sharing across Africa.

Having laid several foundations and delivered significant interventions in areas that include science, technology, engineering, economic growth, policy, public service delivery, gender, media excellence, climate change, creation of Think Tanks and strengthening of institutions among others, the Foundation looks forward to contributing more interventions and capacity solutions for the continent.

Reflecting on 30 years of capacity building in Africa, Professor Emmanuel NNADOZIE, the Executive Secretary of ACBF said “for us, 30 years is a great milestone. We look back with absolute pride to the demonstrated achievements we have recorded over the three decades. We continue to serve with a strengthened mandate following African Union’s recognition and endorsement as its specialized agency for capacity development.”

“We remain grateful to all our Member States and technical and financial Partners, for the meaningful support to our continental development journey. We look forward to continued and new partnerships as we redouble our efforts to support Africa’s capacity development agenda. We take this opportunity to again congratulate beneficiaries of the ACBF interventions and call on them to ensure that their gains continue to benefit their communities.”

The Foundation says going forward, its delivery will border on the integration agenda enshrined in the #Agenda2063, which can only be achieved with commitment to the timely planning, technical and financial resources as well as the political will and devotion to the continent’s capacity building agenda.

In celebrating the milestone, ACBF will host a series of activities throughout the year, to share its success story with stakeholders and the rest of the world. The Foundation will also continue to support the capacity building initiatives in Africa, with a focus on emerging stronger from the effects of Covid19.


Célébration de 30 ans de renforcement des capacités en Afrique

Avec sa vision d’une “Afrique capable de réaliser son propre développement”, la Fondation pour le renforcement des capacités en Afrique (ACBF), l’agence de l’Union africaine spécialisée dans le renforcement des capacités, célèbre 30 ans de renforcement des capacités en Afrique.

L’ACBF a été créée le 9 février 1991 par les pays africains et leurs partenaires au développement. La Fondation a reçu le mandat de créer des partenariats stratégiques, d’offrir un appui technique et de donner l’accès aux connaissances pertinentes en matière de renforcement des capacités en Afrique.

À ce jour, l’ACBF a outillé des gouvernements, des parlements, des organisations de la société civile, le secteur privé et des institutions d’enseignement supérieur dans plus de 48 pays africains et 8 communautés économiques régionales (CER). La Fondation appuie le renforcement des capacités grâce au renforcement des compétences et des institutions, à l’assistance technique et à l’appui consultatif, à la gestion des fonds, la gestion des projets et la production et le partage des connaissances en Afrique.

Ayant placé de nombreux fondements et effectué d’importantes interventions dans des domaines tels que les sciences, la technologie, l’ingénierie, la croissance économique, les politiques, la prestation des services publics, les questions liées au genre, l’excellence en médias, les questions liées au changement climatique, la création de think tanks et le renforcement des institutions, entre autres, la Fondation entend contribuer davantage par des interventions et des solutions de renforcement des capacités pour le continent.

Dans sa réflexion sur les 30 ans de renforcement des capacités en Afrique, le Professeur Emmanuel Nnadozie, Secrétaire exécutif de l’ACBF, a déclaré : « 30 ans sont pour nous un jalon important.
Nous contemplons avec une grande fierté les réalisations indéniables que nous avons accomplies durant ces trois décennies. Nous poursuivons nos services dans le cadre d’un mandat renforcé à la suite de notre reconnaissance et notre validation par l’Union africaine en tant que son agence spécialisée en renforcement des capacités. »

« Nous demeurons reconnaissants envers tous nos états membres et nos partenaires techniques et financiers pour l’important appui qu’ils nous ont apporté durant notre cheminement dans le développement du continent. Nous espérons en des partenariats continus et nouveaux pendant que nous redoublons d’efforts pour appuyer le programme de développement de l’Afrique. Nous saisissons cette occasion pour féliciter de nouveau les bénéficiaires des interventions de l’ACBF et faire appel à eux pour qu’ils s’assurent que leurs bénéfices continuent à profiter à leurs communautés. »

La Fondation déclare que dorénavant, ses prestations toucheront le programme d’intégration inscrit dans #l’Agenda2063, lequel ne peut être réalisé que grâce à l’engagement à une planification opportune, à des ressources techniques et financières ainsi qu’à la volonté politique et à l’attachement au programme de renforcement des capacités du continent.

Dans le cadre de la célébration de ce jalon important, l’ACBF organisera une série d’activités tout au long de l’année en vue de partager ses belles réussites avec ses parties prenantes et le reste du monde. La Fondation continuera également d’appuyer les initiatives de renforcement des capacités en Afrique, avec l’accent mis sur une Afrique plus forte au sortir des effets de la COVID-19.



For inquiries and more information, please contact /Pour de plus amples informations, veuillez contacter :

Ntsiuoa SEKETE (Ms), Senior Communication Officer, African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), +27 72 658 9295, [email protected]

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The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), is the African Union’s Specialized Agency for Capacity Development. Having spearheaded and robustly coordinated capacity development programs worth some 700 million US dollars across 48 countries and 8 regional economic communities (RECs) in Africa since 1991, ACBF has gathered the requisite experience that makes it the go-to institution for expert knowledge and human resources to facilitate the timely implementation of continental and national development agendas. As the African Union’s Specialized Agency for Capacity Development following over 28 years of solid work, the Foundation is best placed to advise and support African countries, regional economic communities and institutions on decisive steps to take to develop the practical skills urgently required for the continent’s economic transformation.