In countries where a national QAA has not been established yet, is very young, and/or is still embedded in the ministry (whereby the country in question intends to establish an independent agency), consultancy visits are being proposed. A three-day visit will be organised with two experts, who will conduct interviews with the staff and locally based higher education institutions and relevant stakeholders, to better understand the state of play regarding external quality assurance, potential needs of the country and opportunities for development. An information and brainstorming session will be held with the quality assurance and ministry staff, as well as with local higher education institutions and students, to promote the good practices in quality assurance and inform about the African continental framework. Other meetings and interviews will be organized throughout the visit, in accordance with a tailored programme that will fit the needs of the country at hand. The HAQAA Team will work with both the quality assurance authorities and the experts to refine the objectives of the visit and desired outcomes and to design the fit-for-purpose programme for the experts.