The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) and Microsoft met recently to formally sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between their two organisations. The aim of the collaboration is to join their formidable reputations and expertise to help co-ordinate various capacity building programmes across Africa. The target for both the parties is to focus on improvement of the public sector management for effectiveness of service delivery; enhancing national and regional capacity to manage ICT policy formulation and implementation in sub-Saharan Africa; and public sector oriented solutions development, all in line with the strategic orientations of the two organisations.
Both the parties are to, further, identify areas and activities for ICT capacity building and plan for the same. These activities are to be based on the ICT policy and ICT-related training content to benefit both the public sector and NGOs. Concretely, ACBF will look at supporting key institutions that are delivering already established training content based on Microsoft's Schools of Government curriculum. Microsoft enters into the partnership through its Unlimited Potential initiative, which aims to enhance national and regional capacity in Africa through technology, while ACBF already has extensive experience in working on Africa's development programmes, with established regional networks among capacity development partners.