As we grow we will be adding a range of useful resources to our website. The first of these, the Demographics of African Faculty, the REAL Centre and ESSA 'African Education Research Database' are now here.

Demographics of African Faculty


There is a surge in students attending universities and colleges across sub-Saharan Africa. This is due to population growth, economic development and increased participation rates in education. For educational institutions to meet this demand, the supply of quality professors and tutors is key.

Education sub-Saharan Africa (ESSA) has been working alongside the Government of Ghana, the Association of African Universities (AAU), the Population Reference Bureau (PRB) and key partners such as Ghana’s National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) to pioneer a pilot study on the faculty supply and demand needs and challenges in Ghana. The study focused on the distribution of faculty by age, gender, rank and field/discipline.  

We welcome the Ghanaian government’s support in this project.

"The Ghanaian government are to be applauded for their refreshing desire to address this major challenge, and for their transparency and openness throughout this first phase of the project."

- Olaf Hahn, CEO ESSA.

During the next phase of this project, we intend to work with our partners to extend the study to further countries in sub-Saharan Africa and further support the Government of Ghana in turning this knowledge into action.

This study was supported by funding from the Mastercard Foundation.

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AFRICAN EDUCATION Research database

It can be hard to find the best African research on an education topic of interest and even harder for African researchers to get their work published and to achieve awareness and influence. We want to change this.

With the REAL Centre at the University of Cambridge the first step has been taken by mapping evidence based research undertaken by researchers based in sub-Saharan Africa. From this an interactive and searchable database on Africa-based Research on Education in sub-Saharan Africa has been created.  

Database link

If you would like to suggest studies for inclusion in the African Education Research Database please download the submission form below and return via email. 

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Submit studies for inclusion

"Mapping the landscape of education research by scholars based in sub-Saharan Africa"

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As a result of ESSA’s partnership with the Hasso Plattner Institute, this will include a significant new interactive, web-based, knowledge-transfer platform OpenESSA which will contain a range of digital resources from short thought provokers to guides, talks and lectures as well as accredited MOOCs and other resources on topics of relevance.

It will also include a global calendar of events relating to education in sub-Saharan Africa and in time even more.

What’s Next

Taking a step-by-step approach, we will add further useful resources to our website for those seeking to transform educational outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa. 

For more information and an overview of our work download our brochure.