The International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA), one of the seven UNESCO’s education institutes and centres, was officially established by the UNESCO General Conference in October, 1999. Headquartered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, IICBA is the only UNESCO institute in this continent and mandated to strengthen teacher policy and development in Africa.
IICBA expresses UNESCO’s commitment in capacity building in Africa. The Institute believes that effective capacity building targets at both institutions and individuals, while building institutional capacities takes priority. Here “institutions” include not only educational establishments such as teachers’ colleges and universities, but also the important principles, values, knowledge and processes which form the foundation of education. At the same time, capacity building must be done at a number of levels: national, provincial, district and local. It is when such knowledge and skills become common currency at local level, particularly at school level that capacity building makes a difference.
IICBA implements its plans on capacity building mainly through:
Technical assistance: at the country level,IICBA provides technical assistance through tailored programmes to meet countries' specific needs;
Standard-setting: at regional level, IICBA facilitates trainings to Regional Economic Communities and the African Union Commission for regional integration and harmonization.
Research: at the continental level, our research on teacher issues supports policy makers and educators with guidelines, which also build the foundation of our technical assistance and standard-setting trainings.