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The African Capacity Building Foundation holds workshop with all ACBF supported projects and programmes
Harare, Zimbabwe
15 March 2013 - 18 March 2013


FANRPAN participated in an African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) Strategic Planning Workshop, for Enhancing Project Implementation for ACBF supported projects, held in Harare, Zimbabwe on 15 18 March 2013.

A total of about 160 people from 70 ACBF projects in 30 countries participated in the workshop. FANRPAN was represented by its CAADP and Partnerships Manager, Ian Mashingaidze, and Finance Officer, Getrude Chanakira. Three FANRPAN Node Hosting Institutions that are also ACBF grantees, namely the Coordinating Assembly of NGOs (CANGO) of Swaziland, the Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF) of Tanzania, and the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA), were amongst the participating organisations.

The workshop focused on enhancing strategy and work planning processes of capacity development programmes funded under ACBFs third Strategic Medium Term Plan (SMTP III 2012-2016). The SMTP III (2012 2016) has three strategic pillars of enhancing critical capacities to promote political and social stability for transformational change; enhancing capacity to engage and regulate the productive sector; and enhancing capacity to track policy impact.

With 127 projects in 49 African countries, ACBF interventions are premised on four key principles:
  • Centrality of capacity to the development processes in Africa
  • The critical role of a partnership and demand driven approach in tackling capacity challenges
  • African ownership and leadership on the capacity development process
  • A systematic, sequenced and coordinated approach to the capacity development process
ACBF supports programmes through grants and technical assistance for research, policy and capacity building work of think tanks and universities, as well as support to regional institutions, civil society organizations and private sector associations, amongst others. Focus on monitoring and evaluation is given special attention to ensure results are achieved, as is attention to fiduciary and governance matters. ACBF currently works with 39 think tanks in 23 countries, and university partnerships that reach 96 universities across Sub-Saharan Africa. Total investment by ACBF in capacity development interventions exceeds USD 500 million over 20 years.

In December 2012, FANRPAN signed a funding agreement with ACBF for a USD 3 million five-year project titled Strengthening Policy Advocacy and Research Capacity for Enhanced Food Security in Eastern and Southern Africa that FANRPAN will be implementing across its sixteen-member Network.

The African Capacity Building Foundation holds workshop with all ACBF supported projects and programmes

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