Right from the start ESSA has been working alongside partners in and outside of Africa who share our vision and belief that by working together, we will each be more successful in achieving our goals.
Ashesi is increasingly recognized as one of the finest universities in Africa, with an educational experience proven to prepare students for successful lives and careers. Their mission is to educate ethical, entrepreneurial leaders in Africa;
to cultivate within students, the critical thinking skills, the concern for others, and the courage it will take to transform the continent. With an academic program designed in collaboration with some of the world's best universities and organisations, Ashesi has created an educational model unlike any other in Africa.
Ashesi has partnered with ESSA through ESSA’s paid internships for African students, giving them the opportunity to fully take part in a number of educational projects.
Atelier de Recherche sur l’Education au Burkina Faso (AREB) is an Initiative to join up Burkinabé education researchers and provide options for dialogue with policy makers in the country. ESSA has been delighted to assist AREB’s work through supporting their conference “L’éducation au Burkina Faso: progrès, défis actuels et perspectives” in November 2017.
Decent Jobs for Youth was launched in 2016 as a UN system-wide effort, focusing on the youth employment challenge that is central to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It has emerged as a global, multi-stakeholder initiative that brings together governments, social partners, the private sector, youth and civil society organizations, and others. They work together to share knowledge, leverage resources and take action at country and regional level, to support young people in accessing decent work and productive employment worldwide.
"The Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth welcomes ESSA’s commitment on leveraging data-sharing for more effective decision-making on education and employment in Sub-Saharan Africa. The commitment will contribute to knowledge generation and open data-sharing aimed at improving policies on education and youth employment in the region."
The Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth Team
The Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) is an agency of the Ghana mandated to assure quality at the tertiary education level.
Formerly known as National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE), the body is devoted to providing leadership in the direction, functions, role and relevance of tertiary education in Ghana, leading Tertiary Education to new heights.
GTEC is ESSA’s first government partner for the pilot on “Demographics of Faculty”.
The Inter University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) was established in 1980, originally called the Inter University Committee (IUC). IUCEA is hosted in Kampala, Uganda with its main objectives being to:
Facilitate networking among universities in East Africa, and with universities outside the region;
Provide a forum for discussion on a wide range of academic and other matters relating to higher education in East Africa; and
Facilitate maintenance of internationally comparable education standards in East Africa so as to promote the region's competitiveness in higher education.
With its main roles and functions to:
Coordinate inter-university cooperation in East Africa;
Facilitate the strategic development of member universities; and
Promote internationally comparable higher education standards and systems for sustainable regional development.
IUCEA and ESSA's first cooperation will be the Scholarship Impact Hub.
Network for international policies and cooperation in education and training (NORRAG) core mandate and strength is to produce, disseminate and broker critical knowledge and to build capacity for and with a wide range of stakeholders. These stakeholders inform and shape education policies and practice, both at national and international levels.
NORRAG and ESSA have partnered with AFD to support research on education in Francophone West-Africa, particularly in Burkina Faso. ESSA’s Director has also spoken at NORRAG’s international symposium on “Philanthropy in Education: Global Trends, Regional Differences and Diverse Perspectives” in November 2017, Geneva, Switzerland.
AAU is one of the key players in higher Education in Africa. With almost 400 members its mission is to enhance the quality and relevance of higher education in Africa and to strengthen its contribution to Africa’s development.
From its headquarters in Ghana the AAU serves as a platform for African Universities to co-operate on research and to reflect and consult on issues pertaining to Higher Education. It possesses a unique capacity to convene and communicate with institutional leaders and policy makers from all parts of Africa.
AAU formed a partnership with ESSA in 2017, and we have been working together on a range of projects, most notably the “Demographics of Faculty” and the creation of a “Pan African Academic Jobs Board”. AAU also gave ESSA a prominent role at its 2017 50th Anniversary conference in Accra, expanding ESSA’s network and reputation at an early stage in its development.
“ESSA is a great partner for the AAU, and I particularly appreciate their fresh thinking, dynamic approach and highly collaborative way of working. ‘Joining up’ is really part of their DNA!”
Prof. Etienne Ahile, Secretary General, Association of African Universities
Jacobs University is a private, English-language campus-based university offering the highest standards in research and teaching, based in Bremen, Germany. It has a significant African student membership drawn from a broad range of countries and backgrounds.
Jacobs University has partnered with ESSA in a number of ways including workshops with its African students, paid projects and assignments to support our social media activity.
We have been working together with ESSA for more than a year now, especially around student projects, allowing African students from Jacobs University to be part of ESSA’s impressive work on education. We highly appreciate that ESSA puts young Africans at the heart of all they do.”
Tanja Woebs, Corporate Relations and Talent Programs Officer Business Solutions, Jacobs University
The Population Reference Bureau (PRB), in Washington DC, is one of the world’s leading demographic institutions. It informs people around the world about population, health, and the environment, and empowers them to use that information to advance the well-being of current and future generations. Its flagship product is the World Population Data Sheet.
PRB works with AAU and ESSA on the Demographic of Faculty initiative.
“ESSA has ambitious goals for addressing systemic obstacles to increasing returns on investments in higher education in African countries.”
Jeff Jordan, President and CEO
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), established by ten Vice Chancellors in 2004, is a consortium of 121 African universities operating within 38 countries spanning the African continent.
RUFORUM is coordinated by a Secretariat hosted by Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. The consortium will be a key partner for ESSA in the next phase of our strategy.
The University of Warwick has been an important partner for ESSA, even before it was founded. The catalyst to create ESSA was the experience of its founder, Warwick alumnus Patrick Dunne, in founding and growing another charity with Warwick, Warwick in Africa (WIA). Since 2006 WIA has benefitted over 465,000 young Africans in deprived and rural areas with transformed Maths and English teaching. Warwick also provided support and encouragement in the early proof of concept research for ESSA.
Since ESSA’s formation Warwick has been directly involved in three key projects:
As part of ESSA’s approach to put Africans at the heart of all it does, learners and teachers in Warwick in Africa schools have taken part in a series of workshops over two years across Tanzania and South Africa. These workshops have not only informed ESSA’s strategy and priorities but also given African’s a powerful voice.
ESSA’s State of Statistics project is benefitting considerably from the advisory role that Professor Jane Hutton is playing and finally;
Warwick’s pioneering academic jobs site Jobs.ac is partnering with the Association of African Universities and ESSA to create a pan-African on-line academic jobs board
‘Two of Warwick’s most defining attributes as a University are its International outlook and its commitment to social inclusion. Our own Warwick in Africa programme has supported maths education in range of schools across the African continent, and it is fantastic to see how that work, and the energy and enthusiasm of Warwick’s alumni and staff, have helped contribute to, inspire and even power the transformational practice of ESSA.’
The Research for Equitable Access & Learning (REAL Centre) is one of the world’s top research institutions on education, based at one of the world’s top universities. The mission of the University of Cambridge is to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning, and research at the highest international levels of excellence. The priorities of the REAL Centre align with, and contribute to, the international strategy of the University.
The Faculty of Education is central to the University's mission and consistently delivers excellent results. The product of its cutting-edge teaching and research is considerable real-world impact, with its academics consulted on policy by governments throughout the world and its collaborative international projects affecting on-the-ground change.
The REAL Centre is capitalising upon this strong track record, harnessing and augmenting the Faculty’s strengths and creating a critical mass of expertise in education and international development in order to drive forward its agenda. It builds on the important work undertaken previously under the Centre for Commonwealth Education and Centre for Education and International Development (CEID), notably the RECOUP programme.
Zizi Afrique Foundation consolidates evidence, innovate solutions through collaborative networking, shape policy and practice to equip all children and youth with competences for life and work.
We are working on a data alliance for education, ensuring that data is used to improve education in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation is a family foundation established in 1944 to funds to nonprofit organisations working to improve the lives of individuals living in poverty and experiencing disadvantage throughout the world.
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s $1.5M commitment will support ESSA’s research project in collaboration with the Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre at the University of Cambridge, UK. The financial commitment will ensure greater awareness and investment in research conducted by Africa-based researchers about education and development for the youngest children in Africa.
Carnegie Corporation of New York is one of America’s oldest grantmaking foundations that seeks to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding. In keeping with this mandate, the Corporation's work focuses on international peace, the advancement of education and knowledge, and the strength of our democracy.
ESSA together with IUCEA, AAU and PRB have secured $390,000 of funding from Carnegie Corporation of New York for a two-year research project focusing on understanding and addressing ‘faculty challenges’.
Imaginable Futures is a global philanthropic investment firm driven by impact first and the belief that learning is key to well-being and equitable, healthy systems.
With partners across public, private and social sectors focused in Brazil, Sub-Saharan Africa, the US and beyond, we are co-creating transformational solutions in local, national and global contexts for learners of all ages.
Imaginable Futures has provided funding to ESSA to augment our work in promoting African researchers.
The EdTech Hub leads rigorous academic research and gives evidence-based advice about how to use technology in education.
This means that decision makers inside and outside government can make clear, evidence-based policy decisions to achieve maximum impact.
We have been working with the EdTech Hub on a data alliance for education, making the best use of data to improve education in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Robert Bosch Stiftung is a leading European private foundation and ESSA’s major funder at start up.
The Bosch Foundation has also provided considerable non-financial support including seconding ESSA’s founding director, Olaf Hahn, providing board support through the trusteeship of their CEO as well as access to its broad network of relationships in Africa and around the world.
“ESSA has developed tremendously over the last three years. 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
As part of Canada’s foreign affairs and development efforts, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) champions and funds research and innovation within and alongside developing regions to drive global change. IDRC invests in high quality-research in developing countries, shares knowledge with researchers and policymakers for greater uptake and use, and mobilizes global alliances to build a more sustainable and inclusive world.
ESSA has been supporting in IDRC's research particularly the IDRC-funded COVID-19 research in West Africa.
Since its inception, Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, has been working towards providing children and young people in developing countries with access to quality education. As a result, the UAE-based global philanthropic organization has successfully launched education programs reaching over 18 million beneficiaries in 57 developing countries.
Dubai Cares support programs in early childhood development, access to quality education, technical and vocational education and training for youth as well as a particular focus on education in emergencies.
“We are excited to announce our expansion into tertiary education, in partnership with ESSA. We believe this 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 at Dubai Cares
The Mastercard Foundation is one of the world’s leading foundations in the higher education space, with a deep presence in Africa especially in capacity building and scholarships. The Mastercard Foundation is a natural partner for ESSA on the “Demographics of Faculty” project and has enthusiastically provided funding for the Ghana pilot as well as other support and insights.
The Jacobs Foundation has a main focus on the promotion of child and youth development all over the world, providing various kinds of support for individuals and institutions active in research and practice. In Côte d’Ivoire, they are working to help transform education, both at the national level and in rural regions.
Seeing the value of ESSA’s partnership with the REAL Centre at the University of Cambridge to transform the visibility and accessibility of research on education undertaken by African-based researchers the Jacobs Foundation is now a key funder of this work. The Jacobs Foundation also supports ESSA with a project in Côte d’Ivoire to map research on education and training as well as research on the links between the two domains and the employability of young people. As a significant foundation in the education space, the Jacobs Foundation has also been very supportive of ESSA in building its profile and relationships in West Africa.
The Schaufler Foundation was founded in 2005 by Senator h. c. Peter Schaufler (deceased), former CEO and owner of BITZER, with the aim to continue his life’s work of combining entrepreneurship with science, research, education and the arts.
In terms of science and research, the focus is on environment protection. In the field of education, the foundation supports a variety of universities in Germany and now, by working with ESSA, will expand its activities into Africa. The Schaufler Foundation is a key funder of ESSA's Pilot Scholarship Impact Hub project.
The Schaufler Foundation also funds the Schauwerk Sindelfingen, a museum for contemporary art. Since its opening in June 2010, the Schauwerk Sindelfingen has displayed a representative selection of over 3,500 works from the Schaufler collection, together with loans from other museums and collectors as part of its temporary exhibitions.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.
For over half a century, UNHCR has helped millions of people to restart their lives. They include refugees, returnees, stateless people, the internally displaced and asylum-seekers. Their protection, shelter, health and education has been crucial, healing broken pasts and building brighter futures.
UNHCR has formed a partnership with ESSA to conduct a mapping and tertiary education and vocational opportunities in West and Central Africa.
Quilt.AI is a technology organisation that creates empathy at scale between organisations and the billions of people on the planet.
Together with its partners, Quilt.AI designs sharper opportunities and change interventions across a wide range of areas – from reinventing access to education to creating hyperlocal community spaces.
ESSA worked with Quilt.AI in developing a digital analysis to understand students' views on scholarships and faculty motivations and challenges in sub-Saharan Africa.