$100 million program announced for African

$100 million program announced for African universities


                  April 24, 2000, CNN- Web posted at: 1:37 PM EDT (1737 GMT)


NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Four major U.S. philanthropic foundations announced a $100 million program Monday to help universities in sub-Saharan African countries.


The initiative was launched at a meeting attended by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan. It will support efforts, many already under way, by heads of African universities and academic bodies to expand and improve the education of the next generation of African leaders.


The Partnership to Strengthen African Universities is a collaboration of the Carnegie Corporation and the Rockefeller, Ford and MacArthur foundations.


It is expected to provide more than $100 million in support for projects over the next five years.


Each foundation will support higher education institutions in the way that it chooses and in the countries where it has traditionally focused. While the nature of the supported activities will vary, an important element will be regional and inter-country education leadership links.


The Ford Foundation makes grants throughout Africa from offices in Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.


The Rockefeller Foundation has worked in eastern and southern Africa, the Carnegie Corporation in former Commonwealth countries, and the MacArthur Foundation primarily in Nigeria and the African Great Lakes region.


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