The AFRA Programme must lead to the sharing of resources, knowledge and expertise among the participating countries, the transfer of technology available in advanced countries to countries where such technology is needed; and the creation of regional capabilities that, once developed, will, in turn, lead to further regional cooperation. This demands vision, commitment and effective management.

The AFRA Programme is composed of a set of cooperative projects which are endorsed by at least three Member States. An AFRA project is the vehicle that translates external and internal funds into a development objective designed to meet identified human needs of end-users and has a significant social and economic impact. It must be technically sound and should be based on a cost-benefit analysis.

The project has a time limit for producing the expected achievements, a workplan, a schedule of inputs and outputs and a budget. AFRA projects must emphasise the following elements:

  • It entails mutual collaboration and full involvement of participating countries in the design, formulation and implementation of project activities. Projects should make use of the existing expertise and facilities in the participating countries. Inputs, such as the provision of experts and training, should be drawn as far as possible from within the participating countries or other developing countries;
  • Projects must respond to the needs of participating countries and address serious problems common to them. They should have a clear inter-country dimension, a limited duration and attainable and measurable objectives and significant impact;
  • Efforts must be combined to implement a small number of projects within high priority areas to which participating countries would be prepared to contribute resources and which would also attract outside resources, leading to demonstrable mutual benefit.


Following the decision made by the High Level Policy Review Seminar (HLPRS) held in Aswan, November 2007, to support the improvement of the managerial procedures of AFRA, to increase effectiveness and efficiency and to promote full ownership of its programmes by AFRA Member States, the HLPRS proposed that the AFRA-FMC should be replaced by three committees to address high priority needs of managing the AFRA Programme.

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Country Representatives are Government officials who are authorized to commit their governments with respect to matters pertaining to the AFRA Agreement.

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Technical Working Group Meeting

The Technical Working Group Meeting (TWGM), composed of the National Coordinators shall meet at least once every year, normally in July preceding the meeting of AFRA Representatives.

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AFRA Committees

Following the decision made in November 2007 by the High Level Policy Review Seminar (HLPRS) to support the improvement of the managerial procedures of AFRA, to increase its effectiveness and efficiency and to promote full ownership of its programmes by AFRA Member States, the new management structure of AFRA includes three committees.

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Project Scientific Consultants

When appropriate, AFRA Member States appoint Project Scientific Consultants (PSCs) to provide upon request technical backstopping to AFRA Member States and to the AFRA Committees. PSCs are African scientists recognized as experts and regional leaders in their respective fields. PSCs participate in AFRA activities in their individual capacity.

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Institutional Governance

As part of its mandate to support AFRA Member States in their effort to enhance their capability and relevance to compete in the global markets, AFRA took the initiative to make available, to decision-makers and managers of Atomic Energy Commissions and National Nuclear Institutions, guidelines and indicators of sustainability to enable them to monitor progress and plan actions to pursue the path to sustainability and excellence.

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