The Association was formed on the recommendation of the 7th Commonwealth Education Conference held in Accra, Ghana, in March 1977. It was envisaged that CAPA would play a role similar to that of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, but with a focus on Africa. CAPA groups together about 150 institutions in 17 African countries. Its main objective is the promotion of technical and vocational education and training, technology transfer and skills development in Africa. It does this through policy advocacy and dialogue with governments, development partners and educational institutions, as well as networking and information sharing among member institutions.