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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.


A responsive health workforce in Sub-Saharan Africa.


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


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


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.



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.

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