A report of the African Governors of the World Bank dated September 28, 1996 and addressed to Mr. James D. Wolfensohn, President of the World Bank Group on the subject of Partnership for capacity Building in Africa suggested that one of the instruments to be used in the implementation of the Governor’s report was the establishment of a National Capacity Building Secretariat in each participating country in Africa. The Secretariat would be the focal point for all capacity building activities in the country and would among other tasks, coordinate and provide leadership to the country’s capacity building efforts. The African Governor’s had defined “Capacity” as the people, institutions and practices that enable countries to achieve their development goals, and “Capacity building” as investment in human capital, in institutions and in practices.
Following the report of the African Governors, a World Bank “Regional Workshop on Strategy and Approach for Implementation” was held in Kampala, on July 6 – 8, 1997, and it made a number of recommendations aimed at bringing the proposals of the African Governors closer to reality.
We shall support and fund the National Capacity Building Secretariat in Uganda to be able to carry out the following functions:
Coordinate all activities dealing with capacity building in the country,
Provide a vision and set of priorities and guidelines for capacity building,
Develop national priorities, strategies and programmes for capacity building and coordinate national technical cooperation programmes,
Act as a Central Clearing House to receive and disseminate information on capacity building and maintain records of all capacity related activities, and keep an inventory of relevant, accurate data base,
Evaluate the implementation of all capacity building programmes,
Participate in the planning and establishment of regional centres of excellence, regional capacity building secretariats and regional information network on capacity building.