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Francophone Africa Universities’ Contributions to Development

Universities’ Approach: Development as a Strategic Framework to their Activities


Francophone Africa universities know they can play a critical role in their countries’ development.

As initiatives contributing to development flourish within those universities, their Rectors are now willing to scale up and systematize such experiences in order to boost the role of their institutions within their societies. A project to support Universities in identifying methodologies and strategies to scale up their contributions to development started in July 2005.


Participatory Seminars and Communication Tools


bullet point for eventsFrancophone Africa Universities and the “Knowledge for Development” Framework.  Seminar in Niamey , Niger , July 15, 2005. This seminar gave 50 university rectors and deans the opportunity to discuss with World Bank experts the role of universities in development strategies.


bullet point for eventsFrancophone Africa Universities’ Contribution to Development, Lessons to be Learned from Successful Initiatives. Seminar in Saly, Senegal, November 30-December 2, 2005. As a follow-up of the Niamey event, this seminar was aimed at drawing lessons from initiatives undertaken by

universities in favor of development.


CD-Rom Release and Dissemination


A CD-Rom presenting the highlights of the Saly Seminar has been released in March 2006.  The CD includes a video produced during the seminar, the 71 success stories collected by the universities (5 page briefs), and the Powerpoint presentations of the 24 cases which were discussed on this occasion. The CD-Rom is available on demand by sending an email to Capucine Edou:


Next Steps


Four sub-regional seminars by video-conference further deepen the debates among Rectors of francophone Africa universities. They took place on April 19th and 20th 2006. Some of the cases prepared by the universities also were presented at the Knowledge for Africa’s Development Conference (South Africa , May 8-10th) and at the Higher Education Reform in Francophone Africa Conference (Burkina Faso , June 13-15th). In July 2006 at Bangui, Central African Republic, Rectors held their Annual meetings during which a review of the past year allowed to define new steps to the project.


A wide partnership to support francophone Africa universities’ dynamic


This project is conducted by the following partners:

For more information, please contact Capucine Edou at cedou@worldbank.orgor Jean-Eric Aubert at




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