Partnership for higher education in Africa (PHEA)

Working in nine African countries, seven foundations made a joint initiative to invest in the continent’s higher education for a span of 10 years.

Partnership for higher education in Africa (PHEA)

In 2000, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Ford Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and The Rockefeller Foundation, launched the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa (PHEA) to coordinate their support for higher education in Africa. In response to trends of democratization, public policy reform, and the increasing participation of civil society organization in a growing number of African countries, the partners believed that the Africa’s future rests with the development of its intellectual capital through strong higher education systems. The partners pledged an initial $100 million over a period of five years. In 2005, the partnership was re-launched for another five years with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Kresge Foundation joining the partnership.

Collectively, the seven foundations invested $440 million in African higher education over the partnership's 10-year life span to:

  • expand low-cost bandwidth and online learning at African universities;
  • diversify student enrollments; build new facilities;
  • strengthen management;
  • raise the profile and importance of African universities;
  • enhance faculty skills;
  • seed new research; and support the development of the next generation of African academics.

The PHEA focused support in nine African countries: Egypt, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Madagascar, Mozambique, South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana. To date, the partnership is no longer making formal joint grants, but individual foundations continue to work together to make grants within shared strategic focus areas.

Partners

  • Carnegie Corporation of New York (Carnegie)

    Foundation
    United States | Staff size: 26-50

    Carnegie Corporation of New York, established by industrialist-turned philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding, is one of...

  • Ford Foundation

    Foundation, Advocacy NGO
    United States | Staff size: 251-500

    The Ford Foundation supports visionary leaders and organizations on the frontlines of social change worldwide. They believe all people should have the opportunity to reach their full potential,...

  • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

    Foundation
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is a nonpartisan, private charitable foundation that advances ideas and supports institutions to promote a better world.

    For 50...

  • MacArthur Foundation

    Foundation
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people, effective institutions, and influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. MacArthur is...

  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

    Foundation
    United States | Staff size: 51-100

    The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation endeavors to strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of...

  • Rockefeller Foundation

    Foundation
    United States | Staff size: 101-250

    The Rockefeller Foundation supports work that expands opportunity and strengthens resilience to social, economic, health and environmental challenges—affirming its pioneering philanthropic...

  • The Kresge Foundation

    Foundation
    United States | Staff size: 51-100

    The Kresge Foundation is a $3.5 billion private, national foundation that works to expand opportunities in America's cities through grant-making and investing in arts and culture, education,...

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Key Information

LocationCentral Africa, Uganda, Eastern Africa, North Africa and Middle East, Southern Africa, West Africa, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania
StatusCompleted
  • Start Date 2000
  • End Date 2010
  • ValueUSD 440 Million
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