BIDPA hosted a workshop organized by the African Capacity Building Foundation for the launch of the ACBF Strategic Medium Term Plan 2012-2016 in Gaborone on 25th August 2011. According to the ACBF representative and workshop facilitator, Ms Audrey Mpunzane, this was a consultative workshop in order to allow ACBF development partners to contribute towards its evolvement. In Botswana the ACBF provides funding to BIDPA and the Botswana Council of Non-governmental Organizations (BOCONGO). As a matter of fact ACBF has funded BIDPA since in inception in 1995.
The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) was created 20 years ago as a response to Africa's challenges in human and institutional capacity, and thus the vision of the Foundation is to be a premier institution on the continent in the area of capacity development. Ms Audrey Mpunzane indicated that the overall goal of the Foundation is to support activities that lead to the achievement of effective governance for real poverty reduction by working to improve the capacity of country and regional organizations that are primarily responsible for development and poverty reduction. The foundation would work where there is a credible partner to work with on the ground, or where there is potential to respond to emerging global challenges such as climate change, renewable energy or food security.
The Foundation seeks to obtain results in four specific areas, which include: (I) improved public access to basic services that comes from effective economic governance; (II)improved legitimacy and accountability of the governance system; (III) improved regional integration and enhanced share of African economies in global trade; and (IV) improved responsiveness of African institutions in the management of uncertainty and risks, particularly from shocks (commodity and food prices, oil shocks and risks from globalization). The workshop participants appreciated the foundation’s efforts at consultation, and wished that the process could have been done a little earlier. The workshop was attended by the BIDPA, BOCONGO and other stakeholders.