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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21 - 23 April 2014
Tangier (Morocco)

High-Level Seminar on the Strategies for the use of e-Governance/e-Administration in Africa:
Seminar on Sharing Success Stories and Challenges in e-Governance/e-Administration


For some years now, the wind of change has been blowing on the continent and has given rise to a lot of hope and prediction for a better future for the citizenry through the ICT transformation. This historic turn of events is considered henceforth as the starting point of taking advantage of ICT developments to transform the governing systems and democratize governance/administration systems to meet the current needs and changes required in the public services and governance systems to boost development and provide welfare to the citizens. Read more...

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;


17 - 19 March 2014
Tangier (Morocco)

Pan African Capacity Building Seminar for Women in Leading Positions:
Enhancing Management and Leadership Skills of Leading Women


The main aim of this meeting is to reinforce and sharpen the management and leadership skills of the target audience, with special emphasis on the increasing need for competence in the application of information and communication technologies in administration.The seminar is also intended to provide networking opportunities and also enrich the participants’ capacities in astute leadership and administration through the sharing of practical experiences during interactive sessions.


Change of the venue for CAFRAD Governing Board Meeting

This is to inform you that the 52nd Meeting of CAFRAD Governing Board will be held in Marrakech (Morocco) instead of Rabat, as previously stated. The reason is that Marrakech is more suited to the kinds of meetings to be held.

However, the dates do not change, as already indicated:

- Sunday 11 May: Arrival of delegates ;
- Monday 12: International conference ;
- Tuesday 13: Celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of CAFRAD ;
- Wednesday 14: Governing Board Meeting of CAFRAD.

The Executive Committee will meet on Monday afternoon.

CAFRAD Work Programme
July 2013 – June 2014


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

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