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 B-XB3383 - 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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Governing Board, consisting of 12 full members chosen for their eminence in fields relevant to education and the aims of the Institute and sitting in a personal capacity, plus an alternate member to each full member representing the same field of competence. Members, together with their alternates, appointed by the Director-General of UNESCO as follows: (1) Nine members and their alternates appointed for a period of 4 years having regard for equitable geographical, linguistic and gender distribution; one of the members and his/her alternate must be a national of the host country; (2) Two members and their alternates from regional organizations in Africa designated, for a period of 3 years, in rotation - D-XD8572 - African Union (AU), E-XE4174 - United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), F-XF0018 - African Development Bank (ADB) and F-XE1750 - Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA); (3) One member and his/her alternate appointed for a period of 3 years to represent the bilateral donor community, including foundations.


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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender Equality



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