How do US foundations influence higher education in Africa?

Study International | February 14, 2020

How do US foundations influence higher education in Africa?
The ecosystem of donors in the higher education sector in Africa includes many foundations and international agencies, along with several development funds and pan-African organisations. Compared to other international organisations or governmental agencies like the World Bank, USAID, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the British Council, the International Development Research Center of Canada, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Danish Agency for International Development, the United Nations Development Programme, and many others, foundations have several advantages that these other institutions lack: they are independent and are free from the pressure of achieving short-term results; they can take risks and have developed a high degree of expertise in specific areas. Is it possible for foundations to create value in the field of higher education in Africa and to help universities transform and improve themselves? And how do they influence higher education in Africa?

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