Funders unite to benefit African universities

Six of the largest U.S. foundations have committed a combined $200 million over the next five years to improve higher education in seven African countries.

The Partnership for Higher Education in Africa began in 2000, with a combined five-year investment of $150 million from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Ford, MacArthur and Rockefeller foundations.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation are joining the group for the current effort.

Funds will be directed to strengthening higher education in the countries of Ghana, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya.

About $5 million of the funds will be used to increase bandwidth and reduce Internet-access costs for a consortium of universities.

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