Monthly Archives:October 2016


Intermediate Procurement ( English)

The objective of the course is to train participants to gain a better understanding of the procurement rules and regulations of the Bank and to help develop the necessary skills to deal with the ever-increasing demands for procurement for the Bank-funded projects.


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Basic Course in Procurement

This is the first in the series of coures on the rules and procedures of procurement. This basic course focuses on the key concepts and the Bank’s rules for the procurement of goods, services and consultants.

At the end the course, you  will be able to gain a working knowledge on the ADB’s Procurement Rules for implementation of its projects, by Borrowers.


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Macroeconomic Policy for Inclusive Growth, Employment Creation and Poverty Reduction

While African countries are witnessing growth resurgence since the turn of the century, they have not achieved commensurate progress in poverty reduction. A key reason is that growth has not generated proportionate job creation and that growth has not been broad based. Strategies to accelerate poverty reduction must therefore involve a refocusing of macroeconomic policy on ‘real’ development goals, notably employment creation and inclusive growth, over and beyond the traditional short-term objective of macroeconomic stability. In this context, this course discusses innovative policies for generating growth that is inclusive and accompanied by employment creation and poverty reduction. The course is organized around the eight topics described below. Selected readings are provided under each topic. More documentation will be provided during the workshop.

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Value for Money in Social Sectors – Education

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has taken a lead role in putting value for money, sustainability and accountability on the policy agenda across the social sectors in Africa.

The goal of the capacity-building program is to build in-country capacity to implement the Tunis Declaration on Value for Money, Sustainability and Accountability in the Health Sector.

The course is  aimed at building the capacity of senior officials and CSOs, parliamentarians, and ministers in value for money, and to administer the course in collaboration with AfDB and selected partners.


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Capital Flight Reversal and Development Financing

African countries have experienced large-scale capital flight, even as they face large and growing financing gaps. This is a major obstacle to their efforts to achieve sustained high growth and poverty reduction. In this context, the objective of this workshop is to highlight expected gains from capital flight reversal in terms of development financing. Following a discussion of the nature and magnitude of capital flight from African countries, the workshop will explores strategies to curb capital flight, enhance its reversal and repatriation, and maximize the gains in terms of economic development.  It will underscore the importance of capital flight reversal as part of the national and continental agenda to reach sustainable development financing.


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Acquisitions-Niveau intermediaire

L’objectif de ce cours est de former les participants à acquérir une meilleure compréhension des règles et des règlements d’approvisionnement de la Banque et d’aider à développer les compétences nécessaires pour faire face aux demandes croissantes d’acquisitions pour les projets financés par la Banque.


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Capacity Focus Magazine Vol 5

Capacity Focus is a biannual magazine published by the African Development Institute. Its objective is to provide a forum to share opinions, view and insights on various issues pertinent to capacity development in Africa. The articles of the magazine also aim to reinforce the role of the African Development Bank (AfDB) as the leading development enabler on the continent. The magazine presents capacity development approaches and strategies, shares the views of executive directors on capacity development as well analysis and perspectives from contributors from Regional Member Countries of the AfDB including different sectors and themes related to the AfDB’s interventions. Other items bring to the fore the importance of exchanging and brokering knowledge with a special emphasis on the e-learning and the communities of practice.  Articles also report on the Institute’s flagship learning activities including workshops, seminar policy dialogue policy initiatives, partnership and networking

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Building Africa’s Innovative Capacity: the Role of the AfDB

To reach a reasonable level of sustainable development, every society needs to integrate technologies in a carefully planned manner. As Africa pursues an agenda of transformation, there is an urgent need to bridge the knowledge and capacity gaps in many countries and sectors. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) called for a new global partnership for development using science and technology to address the problems facing the poor. The governments of many African countries recognized the need to reorient their national science, technology and innovation policies in order to serve developmental needs more effectively and coherently. A recent report jointly published by the United Nations Commission for Africa, the African Development Bank, the African Union and the United Nations Development Programme points to noteworthy progress on technology indicators (UNECA, 2015) largely attributable to great advances made in the diffusion of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Africa.




Innovation and sustainable development: Strengthening linkages in the ICT ecosystem in Africa

As Africa pursues the transformation agenda, there is urgent need to bridge the knowledge and capacity gap that exists in many countries and sectors. For any society to reach a reasonable level of sustainable development, a carefully planned integration of technologies would be required. To achieve this level of technological advancement, Africa needs to create innovative processes not only in the acquisition or development of new technologies, but also in the diffusion, so that it eventually finds social and economic application throughout the system.

By Foster Ofosu, Capacity Development Specialist at the African Development Bank Group

Whereas developed countries have exploited innovation milieus (system) to develop new technologies and improve on old ones, in the case of Africa the path to technological development has been one of acquisition, utilisation, adoption and (it is hoped) diffusion.  To attain the objective of both social and economic inclusiveness requires recognition of the role of knowledge in the achievement of the ultimate objective of poverty reduction and sustainable development. An understanding of the African socio-cultural environment and its application in the development agenda should have a far-reaching impact on African societies.

ICT developments in Africa over the last decade have opened doors to skills and capacity development, and are today providing the continent with the tools to leapfrog the traditional development trajectory by adopting appropriate technologies. On the back of this, collaborative efforts in the development of innovation at national level have been the subject of discussion among policymakers, entrepreneurs, academics, practitioners and researchers. Such discussions have led to a proliferation of models such as the innovation clusters and national systems of innovation. The focus of these models all work towards developing the innovative capacities of organisations within the national and, in some cases, regional concentrations. Although some of these models have found practical application in, for example, the explosion of innovation centres of excellence in ICT across Africa, the exact linkages between and among the differing actors begets a consensus and commonality of purpose.

Today there are well over 200 technology hubs across Africa aimed at promoting ‘technopreneurship’. One witnesses interesting stories about individuals and small startups making headlines for mobile applications. I commend all the young ‘technoprenurs’ putting Africa on the global innovation and technology map. But that is one side of the story. Successful innovations extend beyond creativity.

The second part of the story is the utilisation and adoption of these technologies even within the societies in which they are developed. There have been successful stories of commercialisation of technologies made in Africa. Notable among them is M-Pesa, which has revolutionised and expanded financial service delivery in Africa through the innovative use of mobile phones. In the healthcare sector, mPedigree, a Ghanaian tech firm, is making significant impact in the mobile anti-counterfeit drug system. We are yet to witness such large scale diffusion of technologies in the education and training sector.

Technological change is at the heart of social and economic transformation more so in the modern knowledge society. Unlike industrial technologies, the knowledge economy requires technologies as input and output of value creation. Developments in ICT should move beyond creativity to successful adoption and diffusion of Africa-made technologies throughout society. How can this be achieved?

For ICT to promote inclusive growth and sustainable development there is a need to move the landscape from stakeholders within nations and between nations working independently to a more collaborative system of innovations across sectors. Africa needs to explore new avenues to enhance technological innovations. Africa should create an environment that will facilitate local, national and international initiatives to develop new technologies for tackling some of the numerous socio-economic challenges. Sustainable development also requires sustainable technologies that are economically viable, socially needed, relevant and accepted.

Whereas the individual technopreneurs and the private sector should remain the main source of technological innovation,  it is important for African societies to develop a system of linkages at the level of policy (government), international organisations, universities, research institutions and civil society to create, apply and diffuse ICT for skills development and capacity building in Africa.