About the TC programme

The technical cooperation programme is the Agency’s primary mechanism for transferring nuclear technology to Member States, helping them to address key development priorities in areas such as health and nutrition, food and agriculture, water and the environment, industrial applications, and nuclear knowledge development and management. The programme also helps Member States to identify and meet future energy needs, and assists in improving radiation safety and nuclear security worldwide, including through the provision of legislative assistance.

The IAEA’s technical cooperation programme combines specialized technical and development competencies. The results based programme aims at achieving tangible socioeconomic impact by contributing directly in a cost effective manner to the achievement of the major sustainable development priorities of each country, including relevant nationally identified targets under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The TC programme operates in four geographic regions: Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean. Within each region, it helps Member States to address their specific needs, taking into consideration existing capacities and different operational conditions. The programme aims to leverage capacities in each region by facilitating cooperation between Member States. For example, the capacities of technically advanced countries can be used to address the needs of less advanced countries.

The TC programme provides support in the following topic areas:

It provides this support through capacity building, knowledge-sharing, partnership-building, support for networking, and procurement.

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