An annual State of Capacity Development in Africa Report (Africa-CDR) will be published annually. The Africa-CDR will systematically document capacity development efforts, outcomes and persisting challenges to inform policy as well as on-going efforts. The report will be published as a product of the Africa Platform for Development Effectiveness (APDEv), under the auspices of the Africa Union, and the technical leadership of the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency as a multi-stakeholder and agency product. The maiden Africa CDR will be published at the end of 2011.
The African Union Commission and NEPAD Agency accord top priority to capacity development in Africa based on the tenets of the Africa-wide Capacity Development Strategic Framework (CDSF) and the AU Commission Strategic Plan: 2009-2012, particularly Pillar 4 on Institutional and Capacity Building. The CDSF received high-level endorsement of African Leaders at the 14th African Union Summit in February 2010 as Africa’s common policy guide and reference in enhancing CD on the Continent at all levels.
The Africa CD Report is the flagship knowledge resource on capacity development and is premised on the cornerstones of the CDSF with the need to foster CD work in Africa along the defined priorities and institute a mechanism to track and monitor progress on the same. Importantly, the need for the Africa CDR has been widely recognized by African stakeholders and CD actors as well as partners, in the course of operationalizing APDev.