The United Nations Council for Namibia adopted a propasal by Sean MacBride for a research and training institute for Namibians in September 1974. The Institute was established to help Namibians prepare for the administration of their country post-independence and was to be the predecessor body of the University of Namibia. The government of Zambia agreed to provide a building and the Institute for Namibia opened in Lusaka in 1976. The Institute drew its staff from various African countries, including Namibia. It ceased its operations on 30 September 1990, at which point the UN Council for Namibia was also disbanded (UN resolution 44/243).
Christian M. Rogerson, 'A future 'University of Namibia'?: the role of the United Nations Institute for Namibia', The Journal of Modern African Studies, 18:4 (1980), pp. 675-683.