USAID Partnership in Africa
We recognize the strategically important role higher education plays in the development of African nations in support of basic education through teacher training, skill development for professionals in key social and economic sectors.
The partnership between USC and universities and tertiary level institutions in Africa countries focuses on capacity building through faculty upgrading, institutional strengthening, and addressing development goals for economic growth and poverty reduction. Financial support primarily comes from USAID with additional support from the U.S. Department of State.
USAID has a long tradition of working with universities to harness their intellectual, research, community engagement, and capacity building expertise to address some of the toughest development challenges.
In recent years, USAID has sought to increase its engagement with institutions of higher education and their partners as part of a renewed commitment to evidence-based programs; an elevated focus on science and technology; an imperative to broaden our partner base; and an interest in developing the next generation of development professionals.
The Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN), a global interdisciplinary network of labs designed to solve distinct development challenges. These labs are helping USAID and the development community discovers more innovative, results-driven, efficient, cost-effective, and accessible solutions to global development challenges in areas such as global health, food security, and chronic conflict.
Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) is helping to level the playing field by directly funding scientists and engineers in developing countries who have formed collaborations with high-caliber researchers funded through other U.S. federal research agencies, like the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.
The Feed the Future Innovation Labs address hunger and agriculture through a network of over 500 collaborating institutions with projects implemented in more than 55 host countries. This long-term collaborative research aims to improve agricultural productivity and marketing systems and to enhance food security. These programs have trained over 3,700 students in the agricultural sciences.
The American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) program has been expanding educational and medical opportunities across all regions that USAID works for more than 50 years by supporting institutions that demonstrate U.S. educational and medical standards. Since its inception, ASHA has assisted 257 institutions in over 76 countries.