South Sudan: Acbf and the Government of South Sudan Formally Launch the South Sudan Capacity Development Project

press release

Harare — On 5 February 2013, in Juba, South Sudan, the African Capacity Building Foundation launched the South Sudan Capacity Development Project that is aims at addressing institutional strengthening and building capacity of human resources to enable civil servants and institutions to effectively perform the core functions around economic policy and public finance management and accountability.

The grant approved by the ACBF Executive Board to support the Government of Sudan amounts to USD 2,250,000 for a project to be implemented within a three-year time frame ( 2012 - 2015). The objectives of the project are to improve skills and competencies to support public financial management as well as strengthening of fiduciary institutions.

This project will contribute to the first pillar of the South Sudan Development Program (SSDP) by promoting governance through human and institutional capacity strengthening and improving transparency and accountability. The beneficiaries of the project are the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Resources Development, Bank of South Sudan and the Audit Chamber.

ACBF has supported capacity development in post-conflict countries through targeted interventions, knowledge and advisory services and country-wide interventions. Within the ACBF project portfolio, the South Sudan Capacity Building Project is the sixth country-wide intervention. The design and innovation introduced in this program has been based on the lessons learnt by the Foundation.

ACBF's country programming framework seeks to maximize results of national development priorities by helping re-enforce the use of national systems, thereby allowing the technical partner to focus on those areas where most value can be added to the development objectives of the country and maximize results of the national development priorities.Speaking at the launch, Dr Frannie Léautier, ACBF Executive Secretary stated, "The launching of the project today is a milestone in South Sudan's determination in addressing her capacity challenges in fiduciary management.

This project has taken time to come to fruition and we believe that the next three years will not only give space for growth in human and institutional capacities for fiduciary management, but will also galvanise ownership of processes and the development of leaders that will forge the way for economic growth in South Sudan. ACBF is of the belief that enhancing public financial management and accountability is an important element of the Government of South Sudan core governance functions. We truly hope that the enthusiasm and energy that has begun with this project will prevail for the growth of this nation."

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