Capacity Building

Many coastal States have a need to develop and/or reinforce their national and institutional capacity to deliver Marine Aids to Navigation services to international standards. Therefore, the Academy:

  • Conducts workshops and seminars to raise the awareness of high-level decision makers with respect to their international obligations;
  • Undertakes analytical missions to identify gaps between current practices and international standards and provides advice on how to bridge these gaps;
  • Arranges follow-up activities to review progress made towards conformance with international standards; and
  • Provides opportunities for individuals to participate in training and IALA events to raise their level of expertise and interact with other Marine Aids to Navigation professionals.

The Academy has analysed all coastal States to determine which are in the greatest need of WWA support. “Coastal States in Need” are categorised into 3 priorities. “Priority 1” States have the greatest need of the Academy’s services; “Priority 2” have a greater need and “Priority 3” have some need of its services. An in-house strategy has been developed to determine how the Academy’s resources can best be allocated to reducing the number of Coastal States in Need over the next 5 years.

Details of the regions and States can be found in the Academy list of Coastal States in Need via this link.

Capacity building activities are, where appropriate, coordinated with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) as part of the United Nations “Delivering As One” initiative.

How does IMO support the work of the IALA World-Wide Academy?   

As part of the IMO ongoing and increasing efforts to support United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5, IMO’s gender programme has developed long-standing partnerships to provide gender-specific training for maritime women, by facilitating access to high-level technical training for women in the maritime sector in developing countries; and creating the environment in which women are identified and selected for career development opportunities in maritime administrations, ports and maritime training institutes.

Over the last few years, IMO’s gender programme has supported the participation of women at IALA courses delivered by Accredited Training Organisations worldwide in cooperation with the Academy. This sponsorship is granted on a case to case basis where IMO covers the return airfare, accommodation and a daily allowance. IMO and the Academy encourages Maritime Authorities to consider this gender programme when selecting people to attend an IALA course and to contact us to explore possibilities.


More information on the IMO Gender Programme via this links.