African Training and Research Centre in Administration for Development                             
المركز الإفريقي للتدريب والبحث الإداري للإنماء                            
Centre Africain de Formation et de Recherche Administratives pour le Développement                             


The African Training and Research Centre in Administration for Development (CAFRAD) is a Pan African intergovernmental organization, established in 1964 by African governments, with the support of UNESCO; making it the first uniquely Pan-African training and research center in the continent for the improvement of public administration and governance systems in Africa. Its headquarters is located in Tangier (Morocco). Membership is open to all African countries: at present, CAFRAD has a membership of 37 States.

 Between the mid 1960s and 1970s, various national schools and institutes of public administration as well as staff colleges were created to train civil servants in different fields. However, African states have found that in order to develop top administrators, it was necessary to supplement such facilities that already exist with regional centres. To fill this gap and to advance the professionalization of public administration in Africa, the African Training and Research Centre in Administration for Development (CAFRAD) was set up.

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Report of CAFRAD’s Golden Jubilee Celebration

25 – 27 August 2014
Tangier (Morocco)

Pan-African Conference of Secretaries General and Human Resources Directors of State Institutions

The Role and Place of Human Resources in Achieving Government Development Objectives and Countries’ Economic and Social Emergence


This conference will, on the whole, help redefine the prominence that the human resources of State institutions could have in the implementation of the process of economic and social emergence of African countries. It will help identify, examine and find the ways to eradicate the ills still afflicting administrations, in particular through the axes of Manpower and Competency Planning (MCP) as well as innovative strategies and approaches to management.  For more details

23 - 25 June 2014
Tangier (Morocco)

ICT as a Modern Solution to Security Threat, early Detection and Prevention of Crimes


This conference is intended to add to the capacity of all the participants in the fight against all sorts of crimes. It is, therefore, expected that at the end of the conference participants shall be able to fully appreciate the essence of ICT in the detection and eventual prevention of crimes ranging from common cries to high-level crimes such as kidnapping, trafficking in human beings, ritual killings, terrorism, rebellion against the state, coups d’état, etc.. It is also expected that sequel to the foregoing, there will be drastic reduction of the incidents of criminality. Similarly it is expected that the continent will experience improved security to lives and properties at both the national and continental levels. Finally, the conference will serve the participating countries as a long awaited opportunity to establish amongst themselves relationships that will lead to effective collaboration in trans-border security matters. The report of the forum will be published in the form of a book that will be circulated all over Africa. Read more...

Publication of CAFRADCAFRAD publishes n° 16 of the series "Studies and Documents"

Recently published, the 16th issue of "Studies & Documents" series is an academic book published by CAFRAD (African Centre for Training and Research in Administration for Development).
This book, dedicated to African public administration, addresses issues such as African emergence, the place of women in the construction of the dynamics of emergence in Africa, the role of public service, necessary mental software to support this project, benchmarking emergence and other topical strategies.
Bilingual (French, English), this issue brings together in over 300 pages some renowned authors and shows in each issue a range of articles on administration, governance, leadership and issues related to the continent.
This 16th issue contains a careful selection of specialists and researchers from Cameroon, DRC, Ghana, Tanzania, Congo, the United States, Senegal, Canada, Côte d'Ivoire and Tunisia.
The book is available either on order or subscription. CAFRAD also publishes other scientific and academic works. For further details, please do not hesitate to contact us.

12 - 13 May 2014
Marrakech (Morocco)

Interregional Conference for Ministers/Heads of Public Service and Modernization of Public Sector from Africa, Latin America and Arab Countries :

Developing Strategic Vision and Leadership for Public Sector Innovation and Modernization in Light with National Economic and Social Development Vision


The main objective of the conference is to expose leaders and managers of public sector/administration to current trends and developments in reforming, innovating and modernizing public administration and state institutions.

The specific objectives are as follows:

  • To share knowledge and practical experiences on the issues relating to the theme of the conference;
  • To up-grade the capacities astuteness of public sector managers and leaders in framing and implementing strategic visions for public sector reform, innovation and modernization;


New Director-General takes over

Dr. Stéphane Monney Mouandjo

The hand-over ceremony between the out-going Director-General (D-G) of the African Training and Research Centre in Administration for Development (CAFRAD), Dr. Simon Mamosi LELO, and his successor, Dr. Stéphane MONNEY MOUANDJO took place at the Movenpick Hotel in Tangier on August 6, 2014. This historical event was witnessed by many dignitaries from all walks of life.

On this occasion, the Minister Delegate to the Head of Government in-charge of Public Service and Modernization of the Administration and Chairman of the Governing Board of the Centre, H. E. Mr. Mohamed MOUBDI, eulogized Dr. Lelo, for being the only D-G to have run the affairs of CAFRAD for 10 years. He congratulated him for this rare feat and thanked him for his courage and laudable contributions towards the development of public administration in Africa.  The minister also congratulated Dr. Mouandjo on his election and reminded him of the confidence which the members of the Centre’s Governing Board reposed in him in Marrakech on 14 May 2014 and urged him not to spare any efforts in tackling the challenges of his office.   more

CAFRAD Work Programme
July 2014 – June 2015


Scheduled workshops, dates and venues may change. So please check online for updates 

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