Capacity building is one of the biggest challenges that public institutions face, especially in Africa, preventing successful implementation of public policy programs. For instance, African region ranks lowest on efficiency and effectiveness of training compared to rest of the world.
Furthermore, education and skills development has been highlighted as one of Africa’s biggest challenges. In the Survey on global agenda 2015, Africa’s top challenges were:
Education & Skills Development
Sustainable governance systems
Delivery of hard infrastructure
A Gap-assessment conducted identifies key pillars of capacity building specific to the African context. However, capacity building programs to address them are few, fragmented and not aligned with the pillars identified.
A Need for dedicated agency that executes training on skills critical for implementing Agenda 2063, creating transformational leaders within AU and across Africa’s public sector is thus crucial.
Therefore the African Union Leadership Academy was created. It aims to be a continental agency creating change agents of Agenda 2063 and will amplify learning experience in the public sector, adding on to AU’s in-house offering.