To act as: (i) a regional centre of excellence, knowledge exchange and sharing in the areas of public administration, governance, development strategies and policies; (ii) a support to the dynamic of economic and social development of the continent and (iii) a benchmark for strategies of transformation and emergence of Africa, for the benefit of populations.


  • Context:

 CAFRAD was created in the mid sixties, at the time of independences. At that time, among the major concerns of Africa were the integration and unity of the continent, economic development and the Africanization of executives and administration. To meet the policy concerns of the continent, African leaders had established the Organization of African Unity (OAU) on May 25, 1963, which became the African Union since 2002. At the same time, to support the economic and social development efforts of the continent, these leaders created the African Development Bank (AfDB) on August 4, 1963. In order to strengthen human and institutional capacity of the continent, under the Africanization project, they established the African Training and Research Centre in Administration for Development (CAFRAD) in May 13, 1964.

  •  Historical background:

An examination of various CAFRAD official records, i.e. Draft Resolution No. 12C/DR/99 of 22 November 1962, presented to the 12th Session of UNESCO General Conference by Morocco, supported by Algeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana, Mali, Egypt, Senegal, Sudan and Tunisia “establishing in Tangier an African training and research centre in administration for development”, “The headquarters agreement signed between UNESCO and the Government of Morocco” on 13 May 1964, which provided for funding from UNESCO until 1974, and the final version of “CAFRAD Establishment Convention” of 18 December 1967, clearly indicates that the missions assigned to CAFRAD are to train African executives, promote comparative research and exchange of experience and knowledge for the economic and social development of the continent.

Organizational Structure

The Governing Board

Is the supreme authority empowered to ensure control, general supervision and orientation of the Centre. It consists of Ministers of Civil Service of Member States. The Governing Board holds an ordinary meeting once per year, and may hold an extraordinary meeting when required. African non-member states, non-African states and partner organizations attend as observers meetings of the Governing Board.

The Executive Committee

It is composed of the Chairman of the Governing Board and seven members from the five sub-regions of the African continent, the representative of Morocco (host country) and the Director-General. Its role is to examine and make recommendations on the documents to be submitted to the Governing Board.

Scientific Council

Under the chairmanship of the Director-General, the Scientific Council examines the work programme of the Centre before its submission to the Governing Board. Members of the Scientific Council (3 to 6 members) are experts in public administration and governance, appointed by the Governing Board upon the proposition of the Director-General.

The Director-General

The Director-General is the executive authority of the Centre, responsible for the execution of the decisions and directives of the Governing Board. The Director-General is elected by the Governing Board for a term of office of four years, renewed once only.


  • Develop and strengthen human capacities in public administration and governance;
  • Develop and mobilize African expertise to provide expert advice to countries involved in reorganization, innovation, modernization, and re-inventing public administration and governance;
  • Undertake, promote and coordinate comparative studies and research on administrative and governance problems connected with social and economic development in Africa;
  • Develop partnership and collaboration with national, regional and international organizations in the area of training, research, and consultancy in public administration and governance;
  • Act as host and scientific liaison for the particular benefit of institutes and schools of administration and governance, universities and more generally, any other agencies, whose activities come within the scope of the Centre’s competence;
  • Promote inter-African cooperation and serve as a think-tank framework for knowledge development and exchange of experiences between experts, practitioners and policy-makers and institutions.