The following overall objectives are identified as the major reason for the existence of AFRA RDCs:
- To foster TCDC activities within the region;
- To enhance regional self-reliance;
- To backstop the work of AFRA Specialized Teams in the field (technical backstopping and logistical support);
- To provide support services for ad hoc challenges; and
- To act as a body of knowledge in the field and to disseminate innovation and improved practices within the region.