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Technical assistance is non-financial assistance provided by local or international specialists. It can take the form of sharing information and expertise, instruction, skills training, transmission of working knowledge, and consulting services and may also involve the transfer of technical data.
The aim of technical assistance is to maximise the quality of project implementation and impact by supporting administration, management, policy development, capacity building, etc.
The technical assistance focuses on particular needs and priorities identified by the beneficiary country and takes the form of missions carried out by recognised experts. The chosen experts carry out 1, 2 or 3 missions in the country over a nine-month period (63 working days maximum).
Once the technical assistance is finished, the beneficiary countries and the experts report to UNESCO on the impact of their missions, providing information that is shared on the project website for future reference by other countries.