Capacity-building Portal: Africa

The WHO video clip below is about climate change and its potential effects in Africa. It highlights the health sector's response to climate change in the African region including the international network on climate and health for Africa. It also portrays the Libreville Declaration as a springboard to addressing environmental determinants to human health and ecosystem integrity including the health impact of climate change.

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Morroco Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests
Adaptation for African Agriculture (AAA)
Launched upstream of COP22 organized in Morocco, the initiative for the Adaptation of African Agriculture (AAA) aims to reduce the vulnerability of Africa and its agriculture to climate change. It promotes and fosters the implementation of specific projects to improve soil management, agricultural water control, climate risk management and capacity building & funding solutions. The initiative is an important response not only to climate change, but also to food insecurity.

United Nations Development Programme
The "Promoting Innovative Finance and Community Based Adaptation in Communes Surrounding Community Natural Reserves (Ferlo, Niokolo Koba, Bas Delta Senegal, Delta du Saloum) in Senegal" project will work to create financial incentives to cover the incremental costs of climate change adaptation and support capacity building for vulnerable households and community groups to build holistic responses to climate change

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
Our overall goal is to contribute to poverty reduction through successful mitigation and adaptation to climate change in Africa and to improve the capacity of African countries to participate effectively in multilateral climate negotiations


Amou developpement environnement - Benin (ADE-Benin)
ADE-Benin is a Non-Governmental Organization created on November 20, 2009 and headquartered in Glazoué in the hills department of central Benin. The NGO works in the fields of agriculture, environment, health, water, hygiene and sanitation.
ADE-Benin aims to contribute to the development of the population while ensuring human sustainability on the land through sustainable development that preserves ecosystems, conserves the biological heritage and restores the environmental balance.

Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CGIAR/CCAFS)
Agricultural systems in East Africa are mainly rain-fed and highly vulnerable to climate change and variability. The frequency and severity of climate shocks such as drought, floods, heat and cold stress have increased with negative impacts on agriculture and food security.

East African Community
Enhancing food security and rational agricultural and livestock within the Community through harmonisation of agricultural policies as well as joint programmes for efficient and effective production

FAO Regional Office for Africa
FAO’s interventions in Africa at regional, sub-regional and country level promote an integrated programme approach to food security and nutrition challenges and sustainable development.  We are informed by regional priorities and commitments, such as the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) and the Malabo declaration, while responding to FAO’s strategic objectives.
The main areas of focus are showcased through three Regional Initiatives, namely:  supporting Africa’s commitment to end hunger by 2025; promoting sustainable production intensification and value chain development; and, building resilience in Africa’s drylands.  The cross-cutting issues of climate change, nutrition, gender, and governance are integral to our work, as is working in partnerships.

FAO - Adapting irrigation to climate change (AICCA)
Improving sustainability and adaptation of small-scale irrigation systems across key agro-ecological zones in West and Central Africa.
The West and Central Africa region is becoming highly vulnerable to climate change, and farmers across the region are increasingly dealing with climate variability and weather risks. Dry spells and significant climate events such as devastating droughts and floods are hitting smallholders more frequently, and there is an urgent need to adapt the irrigation techniques. There is a range of technologies and practices that are adapted to climate shocks that need to be inventoried and scaled up in the region.

FAO - Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture (MICCA) Programme
MICCA provides support to governments in Africa as part of its programme on capacity development, supporting the regular updating and submission of national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories to the UNFCCC. Focus has been given to regional, sub-regional and country level activities.

Farm Africa Limited
Farm Africa is an international organisation working to build a prosperous rural Africa. It helps farmers to increase their harvests, build their incomes and sustain natural resources, partnering with governments and the private sector to find effective ways to fight poverty. It works closely with local communities, who actively participate in all the decisions about its work.
Today, almost half of the world’s extreme poor live in sub-Saharan Africa. The vast majority work in agriculture. Farm Africa reduces poverty in eastern Africa by helping farmers grow more, sell more and sell for more. It works in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda growing agriculture, protecting the environment and developing businesses in rural areas.

Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)
FANRPAN for Africa is a autonomous, non-profit, scientific organization operational in Member States of Africa with a mandate to co-ordinate policy research and dialogue and recommend strategies for promoting food, agriculture and natural resources sectors in Africa.
Its mission is to build resilient food systems across Africa through the creation, implementation and assessment of food, agriculture and natural resources policies that are both evidence-based and developed in partnership with non-state actors.

Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)
FARA is the apex continental organization responsible for coordinating and advocating for agricultural research for development (AR4D). FARA serves as the technical arm of the Africa Union Commission on matters concerning agriculture science, technology and innovation.
FARA serves as the entry point for agricultural research initiatives designed to have a continental reach or a sub-continental reach spanning more than one sub-region. Headquartered in Accra, Ghana, FARA has been in existence for 12 years. Over this period, FARA has provided a continental forum for stakeholders in AR4D to shape the vision and agenda for this sub-sector, and to mobilize themselves to respond to key continent-wide development frameworks, notably the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)
FARA also plays a key role in galvanizing the agricultural research for development sector, and brings a strong African voice to global forums such as the G-8 and the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR).

Pan African Agency of the Great Green Wall (PAGGW)
The Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative is an African Union program bringing together more than 20 countries from the Sahelo-Saharan region including Algeria, Burkina Faso, Benin, Chad, Cape Verde, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, the Gambia and Tunisia. The initiative aims to transform the lives of millions of people by creating a great mosaic of green and productive landscapes across North Africa, the Sahel and the Horn.

SOS SAHEL International France (SOS SAHEL)
SOS SAHEL is an African-born grassroots organization with over 40 years of experience. Food security and nutrition of rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa lie at the heart of its actions. SOS SAHEL is the only organization working from East to West Africa in both the French and English speaking countries, harnessing local potential. Supported by SOS SAHEL’s expertise and approach, local community members are able to identify their own needs and priorities and find sustainable solutions to food security that they can then spread to the rest of the community.
Its projects address challenges to development in innovative, integrated ways spanning a variety of sectors from nutrition, to health and hygiene, to women’s empowerment. SOS Sahel's programs tackle the root causes of food insecurity and poverty in the Sahel, and in the process address issues of malnutrition, poor access to water and sanitation and limited resources for economic and social development of rural families.

Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU)
SACAU is a not-for-profit farmer organization representing national agricultural unions in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region formed in 1992
SACAU aims to be the main voice of farmers within the region and to promote effective producers’ organizations in all regional countries. Its mandate is to foster understanding between farmers’ organisations and policymakers in southern Africa by providing a forum for the discussion of matters of common interest and by disseminating information about agriculture in the region to relevant agencies, organizations and companies. 
Its mission is to be the main voice of farmers on regional, continental and global matters, and to promote and ensure strong and effective farmers/producers’ organisations in all countries in southern Africa.

Southern African Development Community (SADC) - agriculture
SADC Member States seek to improve the lives of their people by removing the serious obstacle of inadequate access to food, as a healthy, well-fed population will be better equipped to build for a better future. SADC addresses the Agriculture and Food Security issues within the Southern African region by focusing on five key areas:
1.    Food Security
2.    Crop Production
3.    Livestock Production
4.    Improving work methods, capacity building and disease control.
5.    Agricultural Information

Support for Women in Agriculture and Environment (SWAGEN)
SWAGEN is an indigenous organization founded and owned by grassroots women in Uganda. Its mission is to create strong grassroot women groups capable of active participation in and meaningful contribution to mainstream national development.
SWAGEN promotes agro-ecological and organic agriculture practices at household level. This involves indigenous seed preservation, soil nutrient recycling and natural methods of pest and disease control.
The organization works with forest dependent communities, with women spearheading the process, to secure their rights to participate in and share benefits of Natural Resource Conservation in a collaborative management arrangement with National Forest Authority.



Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI)
The AREI is firmly anchored in the context of sustainable development and climate change. It shows how low to zero carbon development strategies can be achieved in African countries through climate finance and means of implementation according to the principles of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It recognizes the critical importance of rapid expansion of energy access for enhanced well-being, economic development and the fulfilment of all Sustainable Development Goals



African Development Bank
The African Development Bank has launched the Africa Investment Forum, a platform to mobilize private equity funds, sovereign wealth funds and the private sector to facilitate infrastructure projects with the capacity to transform the continent. The investment marketplace, which David Makhura, Premier of Gauteng Province, Africa’s seventh largest economy, called “a Davos of Africa”, will take place from November 7 to 9, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa

African Development Bank Group - Africa Climate Change Fund
The ACCF is a multi-donor trust fund managed by the Bank. Its governance structure comprises a Technical Committee made up of relevant Bank departments, and an Oversight Committee which includes the Bank and the donors. It is administered by a Secretariat, hosted by the Bank’s department of Climate Change and Green Growth.

African Development Bank - Clim-Dev Special Fund
The ClimDev Special Fund (CDSF) is a demand-led Fund that pools resources to finance investment activities on the ground across Africa for the generation and use of climate information for climate-resilient development. Grants are provided to projects in line with the ClimDev-Africa Programme’s goal, purpose and results areas and are implemented by national and regional organisations at all levels on the continent. The AfDB will manage the fund’s operation in accordance with Article 8 of the Bank.

African Guarantee Fund
AGF is a company limited by shares incorporated under the business laws of Mauritius. It is owned by the Government of Denmark through the Danish International Development Agency (Danida) and the Government of Spain through the Spanish Agency for International Development Co-operation (aecid) and the African Development Bank (AfDB). Plans are underway to expand the shareholding base through the bringing on-board of other Multilateral and Bilateral development finance institutions

Innovative Financing for the Economic Transformation of Africa
This book builds on the issues papers and synthesis of discussions of the Ninth African Development Forum, organized by the Economic Commission for Africa and its strategic African partners, and examines five thematic issues areas of development financing.

NEPAD - Climate Change Fund
Through the NEPAD Climate Change Fund, the NEPAD Agency aims to strengthen the resilience of African countries to climate change by building national, sub-regional and continental capacity. Established in 2014 by the NEPAD Agency with support from the Government of Germany, the Fund offers technical and financial assistance to AU Member States, Regional Economic Communities and institutions that meet the eligibility criteria and clearly defined targeted areas of support of the fund. The Fund also supports projects on knowledge and capacity development for better planning, coordination, and implementation of climate change activities

World Bank
Economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa is recovering moderately, following a sharp slowdown over the course of the last two years. Estimated to have strengthened from 1.3% in 2016 to 2.4% in 2017, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in the region is mainly led by the continent’s largest economies: Nigeria, South Africa, and Angola


East African Community
Adopting common approaches towards the disadvantaged and marginalised groups, including women, children, the youth, the elderly and persons with disabilities aimed at employment creation, poverty alleviation and improving working conditions

World Health Organization
Gender refers to the socially constructed characteristics of women and men – such as norms, roles and relationships of and between groups of women and men. It varies from society to society and can be changed. While most people are born either male or female, they are taught appropriate norms and behaviours – including how they should interact with others of the same or opposite sex within households, communities and work places. When individuals or groups do not “fit” established gender norms they often face stigma, discriminatory practices or social exclusion – all of which adversely affect health. It is important to be sensitive to different identities that do not necessarily fit into binary male or female sex categories


In November 2006, the United Nations Secretary General launched the Nairobi Framework with the aim to help developing countries, especially those in sub-Saharan Africa, to improve their level of participation in the clean development mechanism (CDM). Since then, Africa’s interest and involvement in the Clean Development Mechanism has grown, and with it so has the number of projects in Africa. In December 2015, the international community achieved a resounding success crafting a new, universal climate change agreement at the COP21 in Paris

African Capacity Building Centre (ACBC)
The IOMUN African Capacity Building Centre (IOMUN ACBC) was established in 2009 at the request of IOM African Member States with the mandate to enhance African member States’ migration management capacity, promote comprehensive migration governance and facilitate a diverse range of immigration and border management projects and training courses

African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF)
Having spearheaded and robustly coordinated capacity development programs worth some 700 million US dollars across 48 countries and 8 regional economic communities (RECs) in Africa since 1991, ACBF has gathered the requisite experience that makes it the go-to institution for expert knowledge and human resources to facilitate the timely implementation of continental and national development agendas. As the African Union’s Specialized Agency for Capacity Development following over 26 years of solid work, the Foundation is best placed to advise and support African countries, regional economic communities and institutions on decisive steps to take to develop the practical skills urgently required for the continent’s economic transformation

African Centre for Biodiversity
ACB was established in 2003 in Johannesburg, South Africa, and registered in 2004. Previously named the African Centre for Biosafety, the name change was effected in April 2015, to reflect the expanded scope of the ACB's work over the past few years beyond biosafety. ACB has a long and respected track record of research and advocacy. Our current geographical focus is Southern and East Africa, with extensive continental and global networks. We do research and analysis, advocacy and skills sharing and seek to inform and amplify the voices of social movements fighting for food sovereignty in Africa

Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)
The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) was inaugurated in May 1996 by the former President of South Africa and patron of the Academy, Nelson Mandela. It was formed in response to the need for an academy of science congruent with the dawn of democracy in South Africa - activist in its mission of using science for the benefit of society

Capacity Building - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
One of the mainstays of the partnership program with Africa are capacity building workshops. Skills in project management, networking, prioritization of activities, and fundraising are crucial for African National Commissions for UNESCO to deal with limited resources and make a significant contribution to UNESCO programs

Capacity Development - United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
ECA’s core aim is to promote the efficient utilization of policy research in member States and to support Governments, and pan-African institutions, to build and strengthen the capabilities of their policymakers

Capacity Development - NEPAD Transforming Africa
Much of Africa’s challenge to successfully implement development programmes stems from capacity weaknesses at national, sub-regional and continental levels. Previous efforts and approaches to build capacity have failed to address the need for transformative public policy design and implementation at African institutions

Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA)
Climate change poses a significant threat to economic, social and environmental development in Africa, as reflected in the fifth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This report presents strong evidence that warming in Africa has increased significantly over the past 50 to 100 years, with clear effects on the health, livelihoods and food security of people in Africa

Royal Society-DFID Africa Capacity Building Initiative
This programme is for scientists who want to develop collaborative research consortia between scientists in sub-Saharan Africa and a research institution in the UK

Ten-Year Capacity Building Programme (TYCBP) for the African Union
The main objectives of the TYCBP-AU are to enhance institutional and technical capacities and cooperation between the UN, AU and RECs. In this respect, the programme establishes a basis for expanding and strengthening consultations and cooperation between the UN System and the AU and RECs


Africa Climate Change Leadership Program (AfriCLP)
The Africa Climate Leadership Program (AfriCLP) is a grants awards program that recognizes and incentivizes exemplary individuals and organizations to build leadership capacity in response to climate change. The awards programme seeks to build local climate change leaders who can shape understanding of the extent and severity of climate-related stressors on African economies and ecosystems, and propose solutions on how countries can build resilience to these impacts. The Programme is funded by IDRC and managed by the University of Nairobi and the Institute of Resource Assessment (IRA) - University of Dar es Salaam.The program aims to build on these past investments by IDRC to achieve sustainability and impact at scale

United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
Green Development and Climate Change Programme
UNITAR’s Green Development and Climate Change Programme develops the capacities of individuals and training institutions in developing countries to advance green and climate resilient development in support of Agenda 2030 and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

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