The new institute, which will be located in Abidjan, is being established by the ADB, the IMF, and the World Bank to provide policy-related training to government officials and other participants from African countries. The courses offered by the Joint Africa Institute will focus on macroeconomic management and policies, and on structural, social, and project-related issues, such as governance, poverty alleviation, gender, growth, and the environment. It will also organize seminars on topical development issues and will use the most modern distance-learning facilities as an integral part of its training activity.
The Joint Africa Institute is expected to make an important contribution to meeting the critical learning needs in the region. It will allow the three institutions to mobilize their human and financial resources in a partnership for training that takes full advantage of their synergies and complementarities.
The Joint Africa Institute is expected to commence operations in the second half of 1999.