|Partnership for Capacity Building in Africa (PACT) recognizes the centrality of “capacity” in the development process in Africa. And African countries themselves must create a conducive policy and operational environment for capacity building—by laying out practical phasing of capacity building actions, and by building partnerships within countries (among government, civil society, and the private sector), and with national, multi-national and bilateral donors, international business and trade interests, foundations, and non-governmental organizations. Implementation of PACT is led by the Harare-based African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), which was established in 1991 as a collaborative effort between the World Bank, the African Development Bank, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Working through the ACBF, PACT is providing:
- Country program support, made available annually to countries that meet eligibility thresholds in regard to the quality of institutional environments;
- Project support for country-based initiatives to build key public sector capacity, and to strengthen the interface between government and civil society and the private sector;
- Project support for regional and sub-regional initiatives, as well as other proposals, begun independently by individual agencies of civil society and training institutions.
The Board of Governors for the ACBF (and hence PACT) is made up of three multilaterals (the World Bank; the UNDP; and the African Development Bank); ten donor countries; and twelve African countries.
African Economic Research Consortium (AERC). Established in 1988, the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) is a public not-for-profit organization devoted to advanced policy research and training. The principal objective of the consortium is to strengthen local capacity for conducting independent, rigorous inquiry into problems pertinent to the management of economies in Sub-Saharan Africa.
In response to special needs of the region, the AERC Research Programme has adopted a flexible approach in order to improve the technical skills of local researchers. It allows for regional determination of research priorities, strengthens national institutions dealing with economic policy research, and facilitates closer ties between researchers and policy makers.
Meanwhile, the Training Program augments the pool of economic researchers in Sub-Saharan Africa by supporting graduate studies in economics as well as by building capacities in economics departments of local public universities. Donor governments, private foundations, and international organizations support the AERC. The World Bank is one of a number of international supporters of AERC and sits on its Board of Directors.
For more information, please refer to the PACT website.