In partnership with the World Bank, governments from 12 West and Central African countries are calling for proposals from higher education institutions that address a regional development challenge through a focused program of postgraduate education and applied research.
The proposals are part of the preparations for the Africa Centers of Excellence for Development Impact (ACE Impact) Project, which aims to improve the quality, quantity and development impact of postgraduate education in selected universities through regional specialization and collaboration. The project builds upon two, successful on-going phases of the Africa Centers of Excellence (ACE) projects; ACE I and ACE II.
With expected International Development Association (IDA) financing of $290 million, the project will support 25 new Centers of Excellence, as well as provide support to about 15 existing centers.
ACE Impact complements the Strengthening Higher Agricultural Education in Africa (