WelcomeWe are proud to present ESSA’s 5th Anniversary Report, giving an overview of our contribution towards transforming tertiary education in sub-Saharan Africa from 2016 to 2021.
"The seed-funding provided by us is offering high return on investment. I am excited to see ESSA growing further, and to produce high impact for Tertiary Education in sub-Saharan Africa.”
Joachim Rogall, President and CEO, Robert Bosch Stiftung, ESSA Trustee
Ruth Mubanga, University Vice Chancellor in Zambia, Rita Asantewaa Opoku, a student at UPSA on a scholarship, Samuel Asare, Research Manager at ESSA, and Rose Dodd, The Director of The Education Collaborative in Ashesi University tell their stories about social inclusion and the tertiary education system in sub-Saharan Africa.
“We believe this partnership will help connect millions of students and graduates to employment opportunities and will be central to developing successful and sustainable economies and societies."
Dr. Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Cares
Our StrategySub-Saharan Africa is already home to the world’s largest youth population. By 2050, this population will increase by 50%. This generation can drive the future of our world. To unlock this potential, young people must have access to the right education and skills to find and create work.
ESSA Sub-Saharan Scholarship Hub
Our online database matching students in sub-Saharan Africa with scholarship opportunities.
The jobs site promotes opportunities between universities, colleges and other education institutions across the sub-Saharan region, and helps job seekers find new opportunities in education.
Milestones in our 5-year journey
Learning in Crisis
Our work from evidence to action
Transformational impact through partnerships
Our goal for 2026
University and college leaders, employers, policymakers and young people are using evidence together to:
Increase access to universities and colleges, through impactful scholarships and loans.
Develop business models that make sure universities and colleges have enough faculty to develop young people’s skills for work.
Match graduate's skills and ambitions with work opportunities.
Ensure women, refugees, young people with disabilities, and others who are underrepresented, play a leading role in universities and colleges.
This will support more than 1.4 million current students at over 500 universities and colleges in Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and Zambia to achieve their ambitions, and create more opportunity for the millions that will follow.
We are making this happen by building an alliance for evidence-based education in sub-Saharan Africa:
Starting work on an ambitious five-year strategy designed to support a data and evidence-led transformation of tertiary education in sub-Saharan Africa.
Collaborating with partners and funders to maximise the impact of their strategies and investments into education.
Delivering on impact by moving from interesting and provocative analysis to real change for the sector.
Building our role as a thought leader.
Catalysing new, intelligent investment into tertiary education.
Increasing our country presence by setting up a legal entity in Ghana.
Strengthening staff expertise and leadership.
If you would like to help us with this, please get in touch.
How we aim to reach this goal through our focus areas
“Often the claim is that education is under-researched in Africa and there is not enough information available. While this in not completely untrue, the reality is that there is a lot of research and information out there that only needs to be unearthed and made visible.
This is where the database comes in and so far, has done a very good job at increasing visibility of education research and scholars in Africa. The platform also has an impactful role in our daily work, as we are always looking for education research to learn form and improve our work."
Maud Seghers, Senior Education Advisor at VVOB
Faculty Shortages and Support in Africa
Fred Awaah is a lecturer at the University of Professional Studies in Accra, Ghana.
We would like to thank our partners, funders and private donors for their continued support.