The World Bank is financing the establishment and implementation of an East Africa Skills for
Transformation and Regional Integration Project (EASTRIP), which initially involves three East
African countries including Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania. For other project information, please refer to
the published Project Appraisal Document (PAD).
The Project’s development objective is to increase the access and improve the quality of TVET programs
in selected Regional Flagship TVET Institutes and to support regional integration in East Africa. The
objectives and results will be achieved through:
Strengthening selected Regional Flagship TVET Institutes (RFTIs) for high quality skills development in
priority sectors; Creating national TVET enabling environments; and Enhancing regional collaboration in
TVET and project coordination. The Project is targeting the development of specialized technical skills in
priority sectors including transport, energy, agriculture processing, manufacturing, and information and
communications technology (ICT).
The Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) was selected to be the Regional Facilitation Unit
(RFU) for the Project. The RFU is involved in the preparation and implementation of the project by carrying
out the regional project activities. Hence, it will facilitate and coordinate the regional aspects of the project
as the Secretariat. The RFU among others will coordinate the development and implementation of the
project work plan, the Project Implementation Manual undertake monitoring and evaluation, coordinate
capacity building initiatives for the selected RFTIs and share good practices across countries.
IUCEA is an institution of the East African Community (EAC), whose mandate is to coordinate the
development of higher education and research, including establishment of centers for advanced study. The
main objectives of IUCEA are to (i) facilitate networking among universities in East Africa, and with
universities outside the region; (ii) provide a forum for discussion on a wide range of academic and other
matters relating to higher education in East Africa; and (iii) facilitate maintenance of internationally
comparable education standards in East Africa so as to promote the region’s global competitiveness in