The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is the government agency providing U.S. economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide for over 40 years. It hosted the “Africa Region Post-Summit Workshop” on May 1, 2008, which aimed to offer a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities for tertiary education in the region. The said conference followed the “Higher Education Summit for Global Development” held in Washington D.C.
Franklin Moore, Deputy Assistant Administrator of USAID Bureau for Africa, used lessons from the above events in his discussion of the needs of and challenges to tertiary education in Africa, as part of his testimony before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health on May 6, 2008.
As the Deputy Assistant Administrator, Moore is in charge of formulating and authorizing economic assistance and projects as well as presenting the Bureau’s budget and programs to the U.S. Congress.
Moore explained that “USAID’s effort [in improving higher education in Africa] can best be characterized as a combination of institutional capacity-building, participant training, and collaborative research, all of which is aimed at helping local institutions of higher education make greater contributions to social and economic development and improvements in governance.”
Moore noted that much work still has to be carried out to fully develop the tertiary education of Africa. “We realize that if we are to make significant contributions to strengthening higher educations systems and institutions in Africa, we must work with a diverse group of partners to broaden our collaboration and partnerships, expand emerging strategies and innovative programs, and solidify new and enduring higher education relationships for international development,” he said.
In the future, Moore revealed that the agency will collaborate with other organizations such as the Gates Foundation, NASULGC and National Science Foundation to further enhance tertiary education in Africa.
Moore obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Yale University. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Economics and a certificate in African Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Moore previously served as the Director of the Office of Environment and Science Policy within USAID’s Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade. He has also worked with Africare as a Regional Agricultural Business Specialist and with the Peace Corps as the Associate Country Director for Agriculture in Ghana.