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Africa: Major Development Challenges and their Capacity Building Dimensions

The paper examines eleven major development challenges, which face the African continent in its bid to achieve sustained growth and development in the 21st Century. Addressing these challenges is vital for achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals in Africa. To achieve the UN MDGs and the objectives of NEPAD, Africa needs to effectively tackle its development challenges. To do this, however, the issue of the capacity required to address each and every one of challenges highlighted in this paper is fundamental. This paper therefore seeks
to stress the need for complementarity rather than a piecemeal approach in the building of capacity to address the development challenges facing Africa.