AU extends grant to support capacity building in Africa

01Emmanuel Nnadozie, executive secretary of ACBF and Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, chairperson of the African Union Commission. (Image source: AU)The African Union (AU) has extended a US$3mn grant from the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) in a bid to support its three-year capacity building programme

The programme aims to build and enhance capacities for the implementation of Africa’s development initiatives. 

The AU programme, set to be implemented over a period of three years from 2015 through to 2017, will specifically target strengthening institutional capacity to ensure that partnerships and collaboration between the African Union Commission (AUC), AU organs such as the NEPAD Policy and Coordinating Agency, Pan African Parliament (PAP) and strategic partners contribute to the successful implementation of the continent’s development programmes.

ACBF executive secretary Professor Nnadozie said, “Through partnerships such as the AU and ACBF, there is a shared responsibility to achieve results and develop a critical mass of Africans to deal with capacity development issues at national and regional levels.”

African Union chairperson Dlamini Zuma appreciated the long historical partnership and support from ACBF, “The AUC relies not only on the grant support, but also on the expertise and capacity that ACBF is able to bring into the discussions, as we look at the initiatives on implementation of Agenda 2063.”

According to Nnadozie, the grant extension ‘could not have come at a better time’, as the AUC prepares to implement its third Strategic Plan and Agenda 2063, as well as review the post-2015 Development Agenda.

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