UNESCO - International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA)

Institut international de l'UNESCO pour le renforcement des capacités en Afrique (IIRCA)

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20 Oct 1997, when an agreement was signed between United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, in which the two parties agreed to establish the institute in order to meet the demand for human resource development and capacity-building in African Member States in particular, and the developing world in general. The Director of the Institute was appointed as of 1 Dec 1998. The Director-General of UNESCO appointed an Interim Board which held its first meeting 10-11 Feb 1999, Paris (France). The Institute's temporary offices, provided free of charge by the Ministry of Education in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), were officially opened May 1999 by the Assistant Director-General for Africa (ADG/Africa). One of 6 UNESCO Institutes and Centres under the direction of the UNESCO Secretariat.


Strengthen the capacities of teacher education institutions in member States; introduce information and communication technologies (ICTs) for education; establish networks of partner institutions to foster the sharing of experiences; undertake research and development on teacher education institutions in Africa; utilize distance education for improving the capacities of teacher education institutions; link educational development to economic development through collaboration with the African Union, subregional and regional educational institutions; promote international cooperation for the development of education through the New Partnership for Africa's Development.

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Programme areas (3): Teacher Development Policy (including education, training, career development, welfare, etc); ICTs in Education; Research and Advocacy. Areas of activities geared towards implementation of TTISSA, a UNESCO action framework for teacher development in SSA. Support to member States through 4 main modalities and services: capacity building and training; ODL; research and development; partnership and networking. Strategic priorities (2005-2010): building capacity for education policy and leadership; applying distance education to address problems of teacher shortages in Africa; incorporating ICTs into teacher training; exploring innovative approaches to address challenges faced by African teachers including HIV/AIDS; networking and nurturing strategic partnerships.


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Subjects *

  • Communication
    • Communication
  • Education
    • Training
    • Educators
  • Culture
    • UNESCO Bodies

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender Equality



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28. Sep 2010
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