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The Institute of Capacity Development (ICD) thrives as a cutting-edge, trendsetting, and industry-leading center within Amref Health Africa’s Pan-African programmatic footprint. ICD exists to provide lasting health change to communities in Africa and works alongside Amref Health Africa (Amref) country offices and programmes as well as other health development partners to improve the performance and sustainability of interventions.


The continent faces human resources for health (HRH) challenges including shortages, capacity, and retention of health workers that ICD seeks to solve. The Institute’s unique model leverages world-leading innovation and creative solutions, extensive human resources for health (HRH) experience, and deep contextual knowledge with stakeholder linkages to bring outstanding sustainable performance to the Sub-Saharan Africa health sector.

Vision, Mission & Core Values

ICD Vision: A responsive health workforce in Sub-Saharan Africa.

ICD Mission: Develop the capacities of individuals, institutions, and health systems through innovative approaches for improved health service delivery.

ICD Core Values

  • Integrity: demonstrating high ethical standards in all our dealings.
  • Respect: deep admiration for quality, Ubuntu togetherness, and indigenous knowledge and traditions.

ICD endeavours to play an integral role in operationalizing Amref’s first pillar through the implementation of its Strategic Plan. The pillar entails catalysing HRH to attain universal health coverage in Amref target countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Institute plans interventions to solve HRH sector pain points including quality and skills shortages of health workers, inadequate budgets and mentorship for HRH, poor management and governance in the sector, and meagre working environments and low comparable wages leading to brain drain.

Strategic Objectives

ICD will focus on four strategic objectives with activities carried out for the successful implementation of the Strategic Plan as follows:

  • Increase the number and skills mix of mid and tertiary pre- and in-service levels and community-level health workers in the public and private health sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Strengthen leadership, management and governance capacities within health systems.
  • Improve human resources for health productivity
  • Incubate health innovations for growth and scale.

The ICD strategic objectives are built upon the foundation of Amref core values of integrity, quality, and Ubuntu and lead to HRH success that impacts lasting health change for communities in Africa.


Mission Centred Targets

Through its strategic objectives during the 5- year implementation period, ICD intends to reach its mission-centred targets through three types of engagement with health- related institutions across Sub-Saharan Africa: comprehensive, inclusive, and distinct levels of in-depth interventions.

Comprehensive involves building e&mLearning systems in institutions, mentoring, training, purchasing equipment, seconding staff, and revising training curriculum over a 1+ year engagement. Inclusive entails multiple support interventions but generally lasts less than one year. Distinct interventions involve one or more interventions at a time.

Collaborations: Financing the Plan

In order to meet the budgetary requirements for the Strategic Plan, ICD’s resource mobilization efforts will focus on cash and in-kind contributions and sustainable saleable services. The Institute strives to stand apart as the leader in HRH innovation and creativity that will attract donors and partners towards collaborations. ICD will enhance its visibility through an improved communications plan, increase targeted training for its staff, strengthen intentional networking, build efficient, clear processes within the Amref family, and work actively with Amref country offices.

The budget estimates that financing activities identified for implementation in the Strategic Plan for the 5-year period will comprise US$45,850,000. ICD plans to partner and collaborate with other like-minded actors in the HRH space in seeking funding to develop and implement HRH interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa. ICD intends to also engage in fee-for-service activities to ensure adequate technical assistance to training institutions and organisations in the health sector to strengthen overall health service delivery. Existing and prospective ICD donor partners within the implementation period appear to the right.

Meet Our Team

Flourishing Together


Bernard Kikechi

Learning Expert

Catherine Mwenda

Program Manager, Pre-service Training & Faculty Development

Colleta Kiilu

Monitoring, Evaluation & Research Specialist

Dennis Munai

Public Health Professional

Diana Mukami

Director, eCampus

Dr. George Kimathi

Director, Amref ICD

Evalin Karijo

Y-ACT Project Director

Gathoni King’ori

Y-ACT Writer & Editorial Assistant

Georgina Obonyo

Y-ACT Outreach Officer
Gloria Nyanja

Gloria Nyanja

Y-ACT Project Assistant

Jackline Kiarie

Public Health Professional

Joyce Muthoni

Project Assistant

Omar M. Bandika

Advocacy Outreach Assistant

Peter Ngure

Y-ACT Deputy Project Director

Raphael Muia

Software systems Analyst

Samuel Abraham

Advocacy Outreach Assistant

Sarah Kosgei

Project Manager & Leadership, Management and Governance (LMG) Lead

Steve Kagia

Photographer & Graphic Designer

Sylvia Wamugi

Creative Whizzball

Wairimu Muthaka

Fund Officer