In 2012 the ICA's Programme Commission made Africa a priority area for its professional programme work to support:
- the development of record-keeping capacity in Africa,
- the needs of African archivists and records managers,
- ICA strategic objectives and priorities, and
- the delivery of archival education.
This led to the development of the Africa Strategy and the related Workplan during 2014 and 2015. Together the Strategy, the Workplan and the individual projects form the Africa Programme.
The Africa Strategy creates a high-level mandate for supporting advocacy and training in Africa. Pitching the Strategy at this level enables the ICA and its members to engage with international and local partners and to support local needs at the project level.
Given the many and varied resources, training, and professional tools already available in the region this model is also flexible enough to meet the needs of each community. This means, for example, that a training programme for archival educators in French-speaking west Africa can meet the needs of local participants by including the appropriate French tools.
The Strategy was developed in consultation with ICA members, and in particular African members. It is supported by a Workplan with priorities, projects, and tasks for the ICA and the Africa Working Group.
Future versions of the Strategy will be broadened so that that the Workplan clearly advocates for records and archives management generally, rather than just for strong national archives.
This version of the Africa Strategy was adopted by the ICA Programme Commission and endorsed by the ICA Executive Board in Reykjavik in September 2015.
Further details are available to members in the Workspace.
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