The Pan African Capacity Building Programme (PACBP) is a partnership initiative of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). The partnership initiative was initiated in 2008, and operations commenced in 2009. The DBSA is the implementing agent of the partnership initiative.
The main objective of the PACBP is to build African capacity for infrastructure and general economic development. The programme builds capacity through regional DFIs, government departments, state-owned enterprises (SOEs) or other semi-government institutions (parastatals), and through any other locally based development stakeholders across sub-Sahara Africa.
The PACBP has four capacity building pillars, and these are:
· Masters’ in Public Infrastructure Management (MPIM);
· Short Courses (3 – 5 day long professional skills enhancement sessions);
· Developing Black Industrialists (only in South Africa for now); and
· Leadership Skills Development (Institutional Strengthening).
The programme focuses on skills development in the critical infrastructure development areas of water and sanitation, energy, roads and transportation. These areas were identified as vital for the continent’s development in a feasibility study carried out by the programme in 2009.
The programme is flexible and locally-driven (customized). This way, it will remain relevant to the needs of its African partners, clients and stakeholders, and will deliver capacity building interventions in response to stated requests for capacity support on the ground.