The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) and the African Union Commission (AUC) convened a 2 day meeting on 12 to 13 May 2016 with key stakeholders representing various capacity development sector including Governments and their development partners at the African Union Commission HQ, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The workshop aimed to examine the major points and recommendations emerging from the capacity review being undertaken by the ACBF and AUC to provide feedback and guidance with the view to validate the work done so far, and ascertain that the work is going in the right direction.
Deputy Chief of Staff at African Union Commission Ambassador Febe Potgieter-Gqubule the key note speaker in her opening speech welcomed the stakeholders to the importance of building the continents of capacity to successfully Agenda 2063, she also stressed the need to ensure Agenda is based on peoples aspirations though wide consultation so that ownership can be assured.
“Agenda 2063 is a vision and call to action to fulfil African aspirations and the AU Vision of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena. It calls on all Africans, policy makers at all levels, business, religious, community, women and youth leaders, ordinary citizens to act in concert with determination and muster the needed resolve to confront the challenges facing Africa.”
Dr Thomas Munthali, ACBF Director for Knowledge Monitoring and Evaluation in his opening highlighted the ACBF’s flagship publication, Africa Capacity Report, that shows that the bulk of African countries have medium capacity (73.3 percent) with only 17.8 percent in the High bracket, while 8.9 percent are in the Low bracket. This is particularly with regard to implementation of policies and development programmes. He concluded his remarks by expressing the Foundations willingness to move ahead in supporting the capacity development required for implementation of Agenda 2063.
“Let me conclude by pointing out that while ACBF is ready to offer its full support in coordinating building on its 25 years of experience in capacity building and strong partnerships it has with key players on the continent as well as think tanks and training institutions, every stakeholder has an important role to play”.
The two (2) day deliberation concluded with the following recommendations on capacity-enhancing implementation OF agenda 2063:-
The urgent need for a Central Entity – to push forward arrangements and mobilization for urgent work to deliver on the First 10-Year Plan.
The need for a well decentralized approach for implementing the First 10-Year Plan/Agenda 2063
The critical importance and substantive roles to be played by key stakeholder groups (beyond the roles of intergovernmental institutions at various levels)
Programmatisation of activities identified for the First 10-Year Plan
Increasing the Capacity for greater ownership, through the idea of preparation of “National Agenda 2063” documents
The need for urgent attention and actions to promote mind-set transformation, a new belief, and an African confidence and commitment to build a new tomorrow from today.
Recommendations on the creation of an African capacity movement for promoting agenda 2063:-
There is a need to motivate for greater ownership, through identifying appropriate mobilizing themes that might resonate well with various African stakeholder groups in order to increase “ownerbility” for the vision
There is need to promote Agenda 2063 to be seen as “Agenda Now-Now” so as to convey a needed sense of urgency
There is a need to mobilize Africans into a movement behind the new vision, keeping in mind the Africa We Don’t Want
Establish “development envoys” for Agenda 2063 to champion the core tenets of the transformative vision; currently there are mainly envoys for peace and security
Consider the designing of multiple champion roles and mechanisms for various stake groups
To develop the idea of an intergenerational mapping, as well as an intergenerational pact, to facilitate generational interface and dialogue on the Agenda 2063 vision
Recommendations on capacity retention and utilization
Develop policies at the national level to enhance capacity retention and utilization
Create skill based networks where professionals abroad could train and add to the human capital of those present in Africa
Perceive the foreign living Diaspora as a potential asset to transfer best practices from the developed world
Design policies to decrease the restrictions created by dual citizenship issues on those who wish to return to the continent
Implement short term skill transfer projects for the Diaspora to come on a temporary basis
Track and monitor the situation of youth that should be entering the labour market annually
Create a new working pact involving the Private Sector (Industry), the Academia, and the Public Sector to enhance employability by focusing training on addressing the employment market needs.