Focal Areas

Our focal areas reflect the pressing developmental needs and trends in higher-education in Africa. They drive the strategic priority areas of member institutions in the network. 

Designed and hosted in collaboration with exemplar member institutions, projects drawn from the Focal Areas seek depth in engagement and impact for participants in building lasting systems.


Through this focus area, we explore share, and implement methods to enable institutions to have the tools and know-how to create and sustain a range of institutional and infrastructural systems that nurture creative thinking and entrepreneurial spirit in students to solve problems.


Realizing that institutions have varying needs, challenges, and contexts, the Ethics and Leadership Development Focal Initiative a mix of programs tailored to the African context for capacity building in ethical action and leadership.


This program helps higher education institutions  to develop lasting and transformative systems that improve their education outcomes. It combines a systems approach and implementation grant to drive change.

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