Multinational - Study on higher education in the countries of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU)

Project Summary

Approval Date 28 Nov 2001
Signature Date 07 Feb 2002
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2005
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2005
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Social
DAC Sector Code 11110
Commitment U.A 1,499,772.19
Status Completion

Project General Description

The purpose of the study on higher education in eight member countries of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) is to make a sectoral diagnosis and identify strategies and actions that can help improve sustainably the higher education systems of the countries concerned, namely Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo. The study will address the problems of higher education, not within the strict national framework as in the past, but within a multinational framework, justified by the similarity of the problems encountered and the solutions thereto. The regional integration framework represented by the WAEMU offers a great opportunity to stimulate and support a joint study and to provide a permanent institutional framework that can better guarantee, in the medium and long-term, the sustainability of the policies and commitments resulting from the study. The study will take place over 18 months in two phases: (i) phase one aimed at making a diagnosis of the situation and determining the options to be considered for the preparation of a support project; and (ii) phase two whose objective is to validate the various options identified for the preparation of the future project. The total cost of the study is estimated at UA 1.80 million.

Project Objectives

The sectoral objective of the proposed study is to contribute to human resources development in WAEMU member countries through improvement of the public and private higher education systems. The specific objective of the study is to make an exhaustive diagnosis of the situation of higher education in order to prepare a support project, which will promote reforms and define actions to be taken for the lasting improvement of access to, as well as the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of higher education in WAEMU countries, while exciting the commitment of the beneficiaries through incentive mechanisms.


This study targets all public and private national higher education structures that can play a relevant role in improving the access, relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of higher education in their respective fields. The sub-regional institutes of higher education and research located in the eight countries (Inter-State Schools) will also be taken into account. In addition to higher education institutions, the study will cover national higher education administrations as well as regional consultation and / or supervisory organizations of higher education. To the extent possible, other key stakeholders and strategic groups, including civil society organizations and the business community, will be affected by the study.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Commission de l' UEMOA


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-IA0-004
Last Update 28 Jan 2022


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