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TitleThe State of capacity Building in Africa
AuthorTsafack Nanfosso, Roger
SubjectCapacity Development
Date of Publication2011
Number of Pages31 pages
Geographical CoverageAfrica
KeywordsHuman Capital, Capacity Building, Education, Training and Skills Development, Scientific Research, Projects and Programmes, ACBF 20th Anniversary Celebrations
AbstractHow can we account for the actual state of capacity building in Africa? This paper attempts to respond to this question, building on the existing literature and statistical data available both within and outside the continent. Using the arguments put forward by different national and international institutions around the world, it is possible to trace the path followed by the capacity building process in Africa around change and human capital theories. Following the creation of ACBF in 1991 and thanks to the intervention of a number of development partners, capacity building practices have significantly influenced the functioning of African States, the implementation of educational systems, the expansion of microfinance, and the impact of multilateral trade negotiations. This paper suggests that capacity building in Africa still requires urgent and vigorous actions towards a qualitative and quantitative of scientists, for the coordination of the dispersed efforts made by various regional and sub-regional institutions, and for the strengthening of individual and collaborative programmes aimed at developing African human resources in Africa.
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