Capacity development strategic framework

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01 November 2012
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The AU-NEPAD Capacity Development Strategic Framework is an outcome of three years of concerted efforts, dedication and investment in a participatory process that sought to define and articulate the capacity needs and solutions for Africa. A core CDSF Technical Team comprising representatives of African countries and partner institutions led the engagement and drafting process for the CDSF. This team now forms a core part of the NEPAD Capacity Development Continental Steering Group (CSG) that was officially launched in March 2010.

The process was made possible through the full support and guidance of the NEPAD Steering Committee and the Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC), which in 2010 recommended the CDSF for endorsement by the 14th African Union Assembly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Importantly, the NEPAD Agency is grateful to representatives of African countries that accorded strategic importance and priority to this process. This provided the critical ownership in raising the visibility of an integrated approach to CD in Africa by inputting into the CDSF. Invaluable time and resources were invested in consultative processes by relevant government ministries, the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), CD institutions, universities, private sector and civil society organizations.

Integral to the CDSF process was the support of key partners that have CD as a core focus area, particularly the German International Cooperation (GIZ) on behalf of the German Government, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), and the United Nations Development Programme(UNDP). Notably, GIZ provided technical and financial support toward the extensive participatory development phase, with similar support offered to catalyze the CDSF implementation. Through the NEPAD National Stakeholder Engagement process of 2006-2009, the development of the CDSF was further enriched, with substantial contributions from the Southern Africa Trust (SAT) and the Flemish Government.

The CDSF is a response to the capacity imperatives outlined in the NEPAD agenda that draws on the African principles of ownership and leadership as the foundation for the Continent’s development. Resources from existing and previous CD initiatives by national, bilateral and multilateral institutions served to inform the process of articulating ‘capacity development’ as it pertains to Africa. The basis for this strategy was the imperative for Africa to define its own CD agenda, harness what has worked, reinforce gains, and also learn from what has not worked. “The New Partnership for Africa is about consolidating and accelerating these gains.”