Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Harare to host third Capacity Development Forum on 'Developing Capacity for Africa's Economic and Social Transformation'

Harare to host third Capacity Development Forum on 'Developing Capacity for Africa's Economic and Social Transformation'CDF3 aims to achieve "structural transformation" of African institutions by securing long-term commitments to capacity development initiatives.    

The third Capacity Development Forum (CDF3) takes place in Harare, Zimbabwe from 2 to 6 May 2016. The Forum is part of the 25th Anniversary celebrations of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF). Established in 1991, ACBF has a continental mandate to build sustainable capacity in Africa and in line with this pan-African vision, CDF3 will be held under the theme 'Developing Capacity for Africa's Economic and Social Transformation'.     

Policymakers, senior government officials, representatives from multilateral and bilateral institutions, private sector and civil society delegates and the media will convene at the Harare International Conference Centre to discuss the various capacity dimensions of Agenda 2063. These dimensions include private sector development and partnerships as key tools for Africa's economic and social transformation. Through a series of interactive plenary sessions and side events, the forum will explore the major challenges and opportunities associated with capacity development on the continent, including youth employment, public, private and civil society engagement and domestic resource mobilisation.     

Alongside the CDF will be the ACBF 25th Anniversary Celebrations, hosted by the Government of Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe has hosted the ACBF headquarters since inception. Topics for discussion at the High Level Panels to mark 25 years of capacity building in Africa will include mechanisms for harnessing commitments of governments and stakeholders towards the capacity development agenda and how best to create effective national development plans, built on shared experiences.     

Speaking ahead of the Forum, ACBF Executive Secretary, Professor Emmanuel Nnadozie said: "We are delighted to welcome several Pan-African organisations, business leaders, non-governmental actors, public sector representatives and parliamentarians as well as representatives of academia and our partners from the multilateral and bilateral development agencies to this important event. This is the third Capacity Development Forum we are hosting. The first one was held in Bamako, Mali in 2001 and resulted in the adoption of a declaration and a draft resolution, promoted by His Excellency Omar Bongo Ondimba, Read more....

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