Catalyzing Change for Results in Africa–the Role of Capacity Development | World Bank Institute (WBI)

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Date/time:  Thursday, April 19, 2012, from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm EST or convert time  
Location: World Bank Headquarters, Washington, DC, J Building (701 18th Street, NW), Room JB1-080
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This is a joint event of the World Bank Institute and the African Capacity Building Foundation

Co-hosts: Sanjay Pradhan, Vice President, World Bank Institute,  and Frannie Léautier, Executive Secretary, African Capacity Building Foundation

Moderator: Shanta Devarajan, Chief Economist of the World Bank's Africa Region. Read an interview with Shanta about capacity development. Follow @Shanta_WB

Hon. John Rwangombwa
, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Republic of Rwanda. Follow @rwangombwajRW
H.E. Kerfalla Yansane, Minister of Economy and Finance, Republic of Guinea.
Ms. Bineta Diop, Executive Director, Femmes Africa Solidarité. Follow @FASNGO
Ms. Engwase Mwale, Executive Director, NGO Coordinating Council, Zambia.

More About the Event

Sub-Saharan Africa has an unprecedented opportunity for transformation and sustained growth. Its economic growth has averaged 5 percent a year for a decade. Africa’s private sector is increasingly attracting investment, and the climate for market-oriented, pro-poor reforms is proving robust.

Despite these gains, there is a need to intensify change. Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in Africa is slow paced and mixed, with some countries on target while in others important indicators are lagging. African countries continue to face persistent, long-term development challenges. Among them are low human capital, weak governance, state fragility, lack of women’s empowerment, youth unemployment, and environmental damage.

Capacity development is an essential ingredient for Africa's development goals. However, traditional approaches to capacity development are not sufficient to support change. There is a need to re-think how capacity development is practiced and to build concrete evidence on what works to achieve results in countries.

This event will bring together high-profile leaders from regional institutions in Africa, country ministers, non-state organizations, and the World Bank to share lessons, challenges, and  explore critical new directions on capacity development. The forum will debate difficult questions around strengthening public sector capacity on the supply side, versus multi-stakeholder capacity in the sociopolitical environment. What mix of approaches can support the types of transformations needed in Africa? 

The debate will inform a follow-up agenda for systematic learning with partners in Africa and the World Bank on  ways to improve capacity development so it is a robust and measurable part of how countries achieve their development goals. For example, working on distilling and sharing lessons from what is already known, experimenting with new innovations to improve the implementation of capacity development, and gathering new knowledge and information on capacity development practice and results.


Comments (1)

Re:Results Based Capacity Development in Africa

A very timely topic which intersects with efforts to strengthen leadership. ownership and accountability in the delivery of sustainable developmental results. Unfortunately the current models of capacity development remain passive and supply-side driven without being anchored on evidence informed demand.

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