Four of the largest U.S. foundations have invested a total of $100 million to strengthen higher education in a number of sub-Saharan African countries, the Washington Post reports.
The Carnegie Corporation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Ford Foundation will work with African educational leaders to strengthen promising African universities, the Post says.
The unusual collaboration, called the Partnership to Strengthen African Universities, is the largest-ever philanthropic effort in Africa.
The goal of the project is to help expand the number of Africans equipped to cope with the continent’s major challenges, including an HIV epidemic, fragile democracies and exclusion from a global economy.
The program is expected to reach a dozen African universities that have demonstrated innovation in the past decade’s increasingly open and economically competitive environment, the Post says.
Foundation officials emphasized they want to help make change happen, and that decisions about change will come from Africans themselves, the Post says.