Demographics of African Faculty: East African Community

The Demographics of African Faculty (DAF) study was commissioned to investigate the scale and nature of faculty challenges impacting the quality of higher education for students in the East African Community (EAC,) and to use the insights for effective decision-making.

The goal of the study was to increase the ability of Higher Education stakeholders to plan and implement evidence-informed responses to improve the numbers of quality faculty within Higher Education Institutions in the EAC.

The DAF EAC study was conducted by a consortium made up of the Inter-University Council of East Africa, Education Sub Saharan Africa, the Association of African Universities, and the Population Reference Bureau, with funding from Carnegie Corporation of New York.

In building upon an initial pilot project in Ghana, the consortium sought to address tertiary education faculty gaps in East Africa by expanding the project to cover the East African Community (EAC) – the Republics of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, the United Republic of Tanzania, and the Republic of Uganda.  


  • Trained 12 IUCEA-appointed researchers from the six EAC countries carrying out data collection and analysis for the project;

  • Research teams collected country data from the six target countries;

  • Desk-based background research conducted on the existing and potential solutions for addressing faculty challenges in sub-Saharan Africa; and,

  • Analysed the impact of COVID-19 on teaching models and the supply and demand of faculty in universities in the East African Community, using survey data collected from the various focus countries.


Carnegie Corporation of New York

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.

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’. 

Carnegie Corporation

Inter University Council for East Africa (IUCEA)
Inter University Council for East Africa (IUCEA)

The Inter University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) was established in 1980 and originally called the Inter University Committee. IUCEA is hosted in Kampala, Uganda, with its main objective being to facilitate networking among universities in East Africa and with universities outside the region.

IUCEA works with ESSA on the Demographics of Faculty (DAF) initiative.


The Association of African Universities (AAU)
The Association of African Universities (AAU)

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 the continent’s development.

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."

The Association of African Universities (AAU)

Logo: The Population Reference Bureau (PRB)
The Population Reference Bureau (PRB)

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. PRB empowers people to use that information to advance the well-being of current and future generations.

PRB works with AAU and ESSA on the DAF initiative.

Population Reference Bureau (PRB)