Capacity Development

Much of Africa’s challenge to successfully implement development programmes stems from capacity weaknesses at national, sub-regional and continental levels. Previous efforts and approaches to build capacity have failed to address the need for transformative public policy design and implementation at African institutions.

Through its Capacity Development Programme, the NEPAD Agency works to enhance human, institutional and knowledge-based capacity of African institutions, guided by the African Union-NEPAD Capacity Development Strategic Framework (CDSF), adopted in 2010.

Based on six key cornerstones which reflect capacity development priorities in the African context, the framework is premised on the need for fundamental transformation, reorientation, and realignment of society-wide capacities and mind-sets as a basis for inclusive and results-oriented development. This vision anticipates a different development path where the comprehensive integration of capacity development is a standard practice.

The six cornerstones are:

  • Transformative Leadership    

  • Citizen...

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The Capacity Development Programme facilitated the development of a Common African Position (CAP) which underscores Africa’s priorities in the Post-2015 development agenda.

Much of Africa’s challenge to successfully implement development programmes stems from capacity weaknesses at national, sub-regional and continental levels. Previous efforts and approaches to build capacity have failed to address the need for transformative public policy design and implementation at African institutions.

Through its Capacity Development Programme, the NEPAD Agency works to enhance human, institutional and knowledge-based capacity of African institutions, guided by the African Union-NEPAD Capacity Development Strategic Framework (CDSF), adopted in 2010.

Based on six key cornerstones which reflect capacity development priorities in the African context, the framework is premised on the need for fundamental transformation, reorientation, and realignment of society-wide capacities and mind-sets as a basis for inclusive and results-oriented development. This vision anticipates a different development path where the comprehensive integration of capacity development is a standard practice.

The six cornerstones are:

  • Transformative Leadership

  • Citizen Empowerment

  • Utilising African Potential, Skills and Resources

  • Evidence-Based Knowledge and Innovation

  • Capacity of Capacity Developers

  • Integrated Planning and Implementation for Results

Results:

Africa Capacity Development Outlook (Africa-CDO)

A top most priority under this agenda is to enhance the capacity of key African national and regional institutions underpinned by an effective utilization of endogenous resources for robust and results-oriented public policy design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation to effectively drive the Continent’s transformation agenda. Hence, the dire need for a knowledge-based product to assist in tracking, monitoring and evaluation of CD outcomes for continuous learning in building and nurturing capable institutions. The Africa Capacity Development Outlook (Africa-CDO) fulfils this need and focuses on effective institutions for development implementation.

As a flagship AU knowledge resource on capacity development, the Africa-CDO serves as a mechanism to further inform the effective operationalization of the CDSF. Currently, the process of continuous improvement through evidence-based systems is hampered by insufficient and inadequate knowledge and information on the actual state of capacities at various levels and in sectors. Therefore, under the auspices of the AU, and within the context of the Africa Platform for Development Effectiveness (APDev), African stakeholders, and CD actors are engaged in developing and publishing an annual Africa-CDO. Importantly, the process is using an iterative approach that also draws on ongoing work. The Africa-CDO is based on analysis of twelve (12) Country CD Assessments and Regional Case Studies.

Africa Platform for Development Effectiveness (APDev)

In April 2011, following the AU Assembly Decision endorsing the development of the Africa Platform for Development Effectiveness (APDev), the NEPAD Agency and AUC officially launched the Platform to bring consultation, coordination and a common voice to Africa’s development perspectives, strategies and policies that focuses on capacity development, financing for development and south-south cooperation. This was a timely development in the lead up to the IV High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in September 2011, Busan South Korea. This signified a major shift from Aid Effectiveness to Development Effectiveness. This forum gave birth to the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC). APDev, as a physical and virtual mechanism, played a critical role in rallying Africa to have a consensus and presenting a common position of development cooperation in the lead up to this forum and beyond. Development Effectiveness is the ability to achieve results that positively impact on people's lives and societies in a sustainable way, by strengthening their capacities to manage and promote their own human well-being and by strengthening coherence between all policies relevant for development. This is the overarching objective of APDev. Currently the Platform is actively supporting NEPAD sector programmes such as Energy and ICT towards implementing their mandates.

Africa Technical Working Group on Development Effectiveness

The African Union Commission and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development Planning and Coordinating Agency, convened the first meeting of the Africa Technical Working Group on Development Effectiveness, 29 – 30 March 2012, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The meeting took place on the side-lines of the 5th AUC/ECA Joint Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economy.

The Technical Group meeting focused specifically on developing a collective African input towards shaping the Post-Busan partnership in the form of a submission to the Second Post-Busan Interim Group (PBIG) meeting of 4-5 April 2012. The regional meeting brought together representatives of African Member States, RECs, Private sector, Civil Society organizations, think tanks, Parliamentary associations and development partners.

The Working Group is set up in furtherance of the African Leaders’ decision of the Addis Ababa, 18th African Union (AU) Summit of January 2012 on the need for a stronger African input in shaping the new Global Partnership arrangement. The Working Group provides a platform for technical advice on the implementation of the African Consensus and Position on DE, as well as a mechanism for the effective coordination of the Continent’s contributions to the Busan Partnership process. As indicated in the AU Summit decision, the AU Commission and NEPAD Agency, under APDev, are actively coordinating the Continent’s response in taking forward the post-Busan agenda with the Continent’s needs and priorities as basis.

Developing the Institutional Capacity of Regional Economic Communities (RECs)

In January 2015, African Heads of State and Government at the AU Assembly endorsed the 2015-2025 Regional Economic Communities (RECs) Capacity Development Implementation Plan based on the CDSF. The Implementation Plan for Africa’s RECs is aligned with the planned first phase of Agenda 2063, Post-2015 Agenda, as well as, ongoing efforts within the framework of the 2nd Decade of NEPAD and RECs Medium Term Strategic Plans. The implementation Plan is a product of a consultative process emanating from a decision of the March 2013, AU-RECs Retreat of Thekwini, South Africa. The Retreat concluded that the New Partnership for Africa’s Development Planning and Coordination Agency should spearhead the initiative towards facilitating the integrated capacity development of RECs through the AU Multi-agency CD initiative. The Implementation Plan is therefore an accompanying strategy for sector and programme level regional integration delivery built upon a detailed CD mapping survey and engagement with relevant stakeholders in eight (8) RECs.

The NPCA in collaboration with AUC and UNDP initiated the African Union (AU) Multi-agency Capacity Support Programme (M-CDP) for RECs, with a current expanded partnership base involving UNECA and ACBF. The key objective of the programme is to ‘strengthen the capacity of RECs to enable them to deliver on their regional integration mandates’ through coherence in approach for targeted and sustainable capacity results. The programme is built on the foundations of the NEPAD, Minimum Integration Programme (MIP) established between the AU and RECs, as well as, the Capacity Development Strategic Framework.

RECs Capacity Development Focal Points

The Capacity Development Division institutionalized communication and outreach between the RECs and the Division. All the eight (8) Regional Economic Communities have a CD focal point that is responsible for interaction between NEPAD and the RECs. This arrangement is key to the delivery of institution capacity development and very instrumental in coordinating the AU Multi-agency Capacity Development Progamme to RECs (M-CDP). The focal points are involved in every stage of the implementation of this Programme, from conception to implementation. In particular, the CD focal points where involved in the CD Mapping and Scoping Exercise that culminated in the development and endorsement of the 2015-2025 RECs CD Implementation Plan at the 24th African union Summit January 2015. The NEPAD Agency is currently working closely with the RECs CD focal points towards implementation of the AU Assembly Decision.

African Union Transformative Leadership Programme (ATLP)

Premised on Cornerstone 1 of the Capacity Development Strategic Framework (CDSF) the NEPAD Agency CD Division is currently rolling out this Transformative Leadership Programme in close collaboration with the University of Pretoria and UNDP. The main focus of the ATLP is to ensure institutionalized mainstreaming of the input of Africa’s universities to national and regional development through evidence and responsive skill-sets. The NEPAD Agency CDD and the University of Pretoria are working with the regional hub universities to roll out the ATLP to other universities in their respective regions. The ATLP advances the effective implementation of NEPAD and Agenda 2063, particularly, through a regional skills mapping initiative as evidence to inform responsive national and regional human resource planning and training for an essential skills revolution.

Strengthening Negotiation Capacities for African Negotiators on the Post-2015 Development Agenda through the Common African Position (CAP)

Africa has achieved progress in articulating its priorities through the development of a Common African Position (CAP) on the post-2015 development agenda. This was endorsed by the 22nd Assembly of the African Union in January 2014. It has provided a timely and important platform for African countries and the AU to negotiate through a consensus, and to actively engage in the global dialogue. The NEPAD Agency CD Division with DFID support is supporting the African Negotiators through an inclusive strategic framework of engagement and advocacy to foster a common understanding of Africa’s Post-2015 priorities as articulated in the CAP for impactful negotiations at the global level.

Overall, the CAP is aligned to NEPAD and the AU Agenda 2063. Further, it draws on and brings convergence to various policy frameworks such as, the regional integration agenda, African Consensus and Position on Development Effectiveness and its Action Plan. The NEPAD Agency through its convening power and use of APDev as a multi-stakeholder mechanism in coordinating Africa’s effective participation in the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) is coordinating this initiative to ensure that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) reflect the continent’s development priorities.

Africa Focusing on Results through Effective Development Cooperation

The Africa Programme on Enhancing the Use of Country Results Frameworks (CRFs), as a component of the Global Partnership Initiative on Results and Mutual Accountability was launched in April 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya. Coordinated by the NEPAD Agency in Africa, the programme is driven by the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) and the Bangladesh Ministry of Finance globally. This initiative is timely with particular reference to development cooperation and implementation of the emerging Post-2015 development priorities, Agenda 2063 and NEPAD in pursuit of impactful country-level results. Further, the pilot programme aims to reconcile the international agreement of using partner Country Results Frameworks as the basis for development programming. Currently, the pilot is covering Benin, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda.

The NEPAD Agency through the Africa Platform for Development Effectiveness (APDev) will facilitate knowledge exchanges on best practices from the participating and non-participating countries, as well as, Asia and Latin America. This will be important securing achievements under this initiative to feed into the end of year annual Global Partnership Meeting in Seoul, South Korea. The Swiss Development Cooperation has committed to support this initiative for impactful results in all three (3) regions and will mobilize other partners towards coherence in the use of country results frameworks for national development.

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Policy Report

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  • ...

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