East Africa Skills for Transformation and Regional Integration Project (EASTRIP)

According to the 2015 World Bank Enterprise Surveys, over 25 percent of the formal firms surveyed in Sub-Saharan Africa identify an inadequately educated workforce as a major constraint, and over 29 percent of all production workers are rated unskilled workers by these firms. Shortage of specialized technical and vocational education and training (TVET) skills is particularly acute in transport, energy, manufacturing, including agro-processing, and ICT, and this could slow the industrialization agenda.

Regional Priorities

East African countries have rolled out several transport and infrastructure initiatives, including the Northern Corridor Integration Project (NCIP), the Central Transport Corridor Project, and the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia-Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor Project.


African countries, with support from the international community, have shown strong commitments to transforming the continent through industrialization. The 2008 Africa Union Summit adopted the theme, ‘the industrialization of Africa’, which endorsed and adopted a plan of action for accelerating industrial development in Africa. In September 2016, the G20 Summit pledged support to the Africa industrialization Action Plan.


East Africa has experienced technological revolution after liberalisation of the telecommunications sector in the 1990s. This has improved communication services and infrastructure, particularly mobile telephone services which are widely accessed even in rural areas.

Power & Energy

Countries in East Africa have adopted policies and developed cooperation to promote the efficient utilisation of various energy resources available within the region.

Harmonised TVET Qualifications to Foster Regional Integration through Increased Mobility of Students and Staff

Stakeholders in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania convened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 13th to 14th May 2024 for a regional sensitisation and dissemination workshop on the recently Adopted Regional Policy Frameworks for harmonisation of TVET qualification among the three countries. The Regional Policy Frameworks, which include the […]

IUCEA Launches GRM System for Monitoring and Reporting Grievances

The Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA), the Regional Facilitation Unit (RFU) for East Africa Skills for Transformation and Regional Integration Project (EASTRIP), launched of a new Grievance Redress Management (GRM) system. The GRM System developed in partnership with the Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT) is designed for monitoring and reporting of grievances […]

Arusha Technical College Unveils Groundbreaking AI X-Ray Machine to Improve diagnosis and treatment of medical ailments

Arusha Technical College held the Research, Innovation, and Career Guidance Week from 20th to 25th May 2024 to showcase and promote research and innovation from students and staff. One of the standout innovations showcased was a revolutionary AI X-ray machine from the Electrical Engineering department. The AI X-ray machine displays diagnostic images and utilizes advanced […]

KIHBT Develops Innovative Highway Engineering Programs to Bridge Skills Gap in Infrastructure Sector

Kenya Institute of Highways and Building Technology (KIHBT) specializes in capacity building for the infrastructure sector, with a focus on the roads subsector and TVET training programs. Since its inception, the institute has developed programs aimed at enhancing the quality of training and fostering regional integration. Through the EASTRIP Project, KIHBT has developed 14 programs […]

Hawassa Polytechnic College Advances Toward Becoming a Textile and Garment Technology Centre of Excellence

Hawassa Polytechnic College is currently working to establish itself as a centre of excellence in Textile and Garment Technology, as part of the East African Skills for Transformation and Regional Integration Project (EASTRIP). The project seeks to increase access to Technical and Vocational Education and Training) programmes that are aligned with market demands. To support […]

TVET Students at Meru National Polytechnic Invent Robot to Automate Dairy Cattle Feeding

Students at Meru National Polytechnic’s Electrical Department have developed a robot that is poised to improve the way dairy farming is practiced in Kenya, making it more efficient and sustainable. The robot automates the process of feeding cows in sheds by delivering fresh grass at programmed intervals. This not only reduces the labour required for […]

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EASTRIP Multimedia


Flagship TVET Centers of Excellence
Expected number of students enrolled annually by all Centers
Million USD
Credit and grant from the World Bank to finance EASTRIP

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Download and read  publication and resources from EASTRIP


Download and read  publication and resources from EASTRIP