Who we are

A model African Institute in the area of development, one that trains intermediate and senior development agents and respects the values of democracy, humanity, equity, social justice, good governance and human rights.

It’s Mission:

  • Ensuring a high level of satisfaction for trainees and organizations that benefit from training;
  • Developing a culture of initiative in trainees;
  • Making trainees model managers
  • Ensuring satisfaction for the teaching staff and employees of PAID in general (at the General Secretariat and regional Institutes.

What we do

PAID-WA is active in development, management activities and capacity building through training. practical field research, technical advisory/consultancy services and publications to address contemporary issues and knowledge gaps. With core staff drawn from a variety of cultural, national and disciplinary background, and supported by network of external consultants from universities and the private sector, it is staffed by highly skilled, experienced and dedicated individuals. Its main objectives are to:

  • Promote action-oriented research and people centered development.
  • Build the capacity of individuals and institutions through the development of business and management skills in an effort to create employment and reduce poverty.
  • Facilitate the development of policy framework for the promotion of good governance and gender equity.
  • Put in place mechanisms for the promotion of environmental sustainability with a view to achieving sustainable development.
  • Diploma in Development Studies – Micro-initiatives and Economic empowerment – Gender, Governance and Development.
  • Capacity building and Institutional strengthening
  • General Management
  • Environment and Development
  • Health and Development
  • Computer and IT programmes

Focus Area

  • To increase the number of senior innovative development oriented managers in Africa
  • To promote not only skills and capacity but also leadership in their field through internship in specially selected countries.
  • To build the capacity of students handle challenges in the area of peace, conflict, disaster management and humanitarian issues.
  • Enhance the understanding of participants’ ability to respond to the social, economic and political processes in development.
  • Enhance their skills in innovation and entrepreneurship, environmental management and regional issues.
  • Developing expertise in innovations and entrepreneurship, environment, agriculture, and regional planning and project development.


The network of the International Association Pan African Institute for Development (PAID) whose headquarters is in Geneva-Switzerland is composed of a General Secretariat with two offices; one in Geneva and another in Yaoundé-Cameroon and five regional institutes below:


  1. Institut panafricain pour le Développement – Afrique Centrale (IPD-AC): Established in Douala-Cameroon since 1964, covering the following countries: Angola, Burundi, Cameroon (Francophone), Central African Republic, Congo (Brazzaville), Gabon, Comoros, Equatorial Guinea, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Seychelles, Sao Tome and Principe and Chad.
  2. Pan African Institute for Development – West Africa (PAID-WA): Established in Buea -Cameroon since 1969, covering the following countries: Cameroon (Anglophone), Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. now with an active center in Nigeria
  3. Institut panafricain pour le Développement – Afrique  de l’Ouest et Sahel (IPD-AOS), Established in Ouagadougou-Burkina Faso since 1977, covering the following countries: Benin Republic, Cape Verde, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Mali,  Niger, Senegal and Togo.
  4. Pan African Institute for Development – East and Southern Africa (PAID-ESA): Established in Kabwe –Zambia since 1979, covering the following countries: South Africa, Botswana, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Uganda, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
  5. Institut panafricain pour le Développement – Afrique du Nord (IPD-AN): Established in     Salé – Morocco since 2010, cover the following countries: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania and Tunisia.


The focal points are entities that represent the regional institutes in various countries covered by them e.g. Learning Support  Centres (LSC).  Their areas of intervention are limited by country or city. They usually have the following functions:

  •   Promoting the activities of regional institutes;
  •   Advocacy with technical and financial partners in America and Europe;
  •  Organizing delocalized activities (examinations and competitive entrance examination, Training, Projects).