At the Organisation of African Unity/African Union 50th anniversary celebration in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in May 2013, Africa, through its leaders developed and adopted a home-grown long-term vision: Agenda 2063: “The Africa We Want”
Agenda 2063 is the vision and strategic framework for the socio-economic transformation of the African continent over the next 50 years. Agenda 2063 is built on seven cornerstones aspirations:
- A prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development;
- An integrated continent, politically united and based on the ideals of pan-Africanism and the vision of the African renaissance;
- An Africa of good governance, democracy, respect for human rights, justice and the rule of law;
- A peaceful and secure Africa;
- An Africa with a strong cultural identity, common heritage, values and ethics
- An Africa where development is people-driven, unleashing the potential of its women and youth; and
- Africa as a strong, united and influential global player and partner.
Based on these aspirations, Africa prepared a comprehensive First Ten Years Implementation Plan, which includes 20 goals with 38 priorities and twelve Flagship initiatives: Integrated High Speed Train Network; An African Virtual and E-University; Formulation of a commodities strategy; Establishment of an annual African forum (an African Consultative Platform); Establishment of the Continental Free Trade Area by 2017; The African Passport and free movement of people; Implementation of the Grand Inga Dam Project; The Pan-African E-Network; Silencing the guns by 2020; Africa Outer Space Strategy; Establishment of a single African air transport market; and Establishment of the African Monetary and Financial institutions.
In 2015, the AUC commissioned the ACBF to undertake a review of the capacities required for the implementation of Agenda 2063. The purpose of the study was to address the capacity strengths, and opportunities of continental and regional institutions in implementing Agenda 2063. As a Capacity Development entity specialist, CAPDEV handled the study and produced three reports:
- Capacity Requirements for the New African Vision: Agenda 2063—“The Africa We Want”(link this to the online pdf document)
- African Critical Technical Skills: Key Capacity Dimensions Needed for the First 10 Years of Agenda 2063 (link this to the online pdf document)
- Capacity Development Plan Framework: Buttressing Implementation of the First 10-Year Plan—“The Africa We Want” (link this to the online pdf document)
On 25th of January 2017, ACBF’s Executive Secretary officially handed over the three Study reports to the Chairperson of the African Union.