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About UNESCO - IICBA The UNESCO International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA) was officially established by the UNESCO General Conference in October, 1999. Its establishment was part of UNESCO’s drive to decentralize its functions. In particular IICBA expressed UNESCO’s commitment to capacity building in Africa. IICBA is headquartered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and presently has two nodes, one situated within the UNESCO Regional Office in Dakar, and the second one within Pretoria University, South Africa. Through these three centres IICBA provides services to some 20 countries.

The Institute's responsibilities include:

* addressing the educational, technical and professional needs of members states;

* providing a forum for the sharing of both positive and negative experiences so as to enable institutions and educational systems to benefit from work done by sister bodies;

* bringing the latest research and development in Africa and globally to institutions in Africa;

* enhancing the capacities of regional, national and local level institutions;

* providing the opportunity for technological improvements, such as the utilization of electronic media for networking and for educational purposes.