ACBF and South Sudan Govt Launch Capacity Development Project

The South Sudan Capacity Development Project will address institutional strengthening and building capacity of human resources to enable civil servants and institutions to effectively perform the core economic policy and public finance functions. read more»

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Parliament building, Juba, South Sudan.

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Dr. Frannie Léautier, Executive Secretary of the ACBF

Frannie Léautier from Tanzania is the Executive Secretary of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF). Dr. Léautier has a rich a career in the private sector and in international development. She served as Vice President of the World Bank and Head of the World Bank Institute from December 2001 to March 2007. She also served as Chief of Staff to the former President of the World Bank from 2000-2001.



The establishment of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) was in response to the severity of Africa's capacity needs, and the challenges of investing in indigenous human capital and institutions in sub-Saharan Africa. The African Capacity Building Foundation interventions are premised on four principles: the centrality of capacity to the development process in Africa; the critical role of a partnership and demand driven approach in tackling capacity challenges; African ownership and leadership in the capacity development process;and a systematic, sequenced and coordinated approach to the capacity development process.


What is ACBF's vision in capacity development in Africa?

ACBF's vision is for Africa to be recognized for its socio-political and economic capabilities and endowments – a continent with effective institutions and policies acquired through sustained investment in people and institutions. The Foundation aims to become a leader, major partner, and centre of excellence for capacity building in Africa.


What is ACBF's approach to capacity development?

In carrying out its mandate, ACBF is guided by the pursuit of excellence, placing emphasis on quality rather than quantity, attention to sustainability, recognizing that capacity building is a long-term process and is only worthwhile if development efforts become self sustaining; priority for African participation, and by taking a highly strategic approach based on the following principles which maximizes the Foundation’s comparative advantage and its catalytic role in the area of capacity building:

1. demand-driven approach, with emphasis on needs assessment, based on responsive intervention in capacity building and clients' participation to ensure ownership of capacity-building programs.

2. selectivity and regional balance to ensure an effective intervention and maximize impact;

3. neutrality with respect to policy orientation in countries of intervention;

4. emphasis on using innovative and flexible capacity-building operations that can succeed in Africa's diverse institutions and political settings and that allow African governments and international donors focus their priorities for maximum effectiveness.

5. country focus


What is ACBF's work?

ACBF projects and programs span the Foundation's six core competence areas:

1. Economic Policy Analysis and Management

2. Financial Management and Accountability

3. National Statistics and Statistical Systems

4. National Parliaments and Parliamentary Institutions

5. Professionalization of the Voices of the Private Sector and Civil Society


How does ACBF get its resources?

ACBF determines its activities on a basis of five-year strategic medium term plans, which are implemented through annual business plans and budgets. Resources for the implementation of the strategic medium term plans are sourced from the Members of the Foundation, multi-lateral institutions, bilateral partners and non-traditional donors. Resources are as much human and institutional, as projects and programs can be implemented through partnerships under specific Memorandum of Understanding.


After 20 years in the business of capacity development, is ACBF still relevant?

  1. ACBF is an African organization, based in Africa and run by African experts and thus confer a strategic advantage to the Foundation as it enables it to develop a better understanding of the issues affecting African capacity gaps and to strengthen its response capabilities to more rapidly address Africa’s capacity needs.
  2. The size and scope of operations of the Foundation are such that it complements the efforts of the bilateral and multilateral organizations. Perhaps, without ACBF the multilateral and bilateral agencies working on related issues would not engage in capacity building at the level ACBF operates because it may not be cost efficient to them. External evaluations have commended ACBF for being effective in the scale and scope of its operations after the integration of PACT. This was done in spite of constraints in resources.

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