Multinational - Nelson Mandela Institutes - African Institutions of Science and Technology Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 15 Jul 2016
Signature Date 30 Sep 2016
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2022
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Dec 2022
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Social
DAC Sector Code 11110
Environmental Category 3
Commitment U.A 6,670,000
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Nelson Mandela Institute Support Project - African Science and Technology Institutions aims to strengthen the capacities of the following three (3) institutions: International Institute of Water and Environmental Engineering (2iE) of Ouagadougou, African University of Sciences and Technology (AUST) Abuja and African Institute of Sciences and Technology (AIST) Arusha. By supporting the three targeted institutions (AUST Abuja, 2IE Ouagadougou and NM-AIST Arusha) as part of the Nelson Mandela Institution's (NMI) vision, the project will help to equip the regions with the skills and research capacities necessary for scientific and technological innovation and thus improve the quality of life of African populations. The targeted interventions are divided into three components: (i) Improvement of the relevance of teaching and research; (ii) Improvement of the employability of graduates; (iii) Project coordination and regional cooperation. The total cost of this five-year project is estimated at UA 9.40 million, financed by two grants, of UA 6.67 million for the ECOWAS Commission and UA 2.73 million for the EAC respectively.

Project Objectives

The project will contribute to consolidating the place of the three existing institutions (AUST, 2iE and NM-AIST) in their core programmes and will extend the network in the spirit of the Nelson Mandela institution. Specifically, the project aims to: (i) improve global graduate programmes in engineering, science, technology and innovation in order to equip Africa with the skills needed to add value to its natural resources and stimulate its competitiveness and growth; (ii) give substance to the African Union's vision of a prosperous and peaceful continent, including through the creation of regional centres of excellence in the spirit of the MCN; and (iii) promote the employability of higher education graduates.


The direct beneficiaries of the project are the three (3) institutions whose capacities will be strengthened: International Institute of Water and Environmental Engineering (2iE) in Ouagadougou, African University of Sciences and Technology (AUST) Abuja and African Institute of Sciences and Technology (AIST) Arusha. These three institutions intend to offer education to students from at least 20 countries (ECOWAS and EAC regions). In the coming years, these institutions plan to host at least 700 master's students and 300 doctoral students, in scientific and technological training and research, areas essential for Africa's development. About 1,340 Master's and PhD graduates are expected to have benefited from the project activities by the end of the project. The project will help to increase the average share of graduates from 72 per cent to 85 per cent of the three institutions (1,142) who find decent work within six months of graduation.

Participating Organization

ECOWAS Commission
African Development Fund
ECOWAS Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-IA0-013
Last Update 25 Mar 2023


Contact Details

Name André Marie TAPTUE

Geographic Location

Country Multinational
Coordinates Location Name
12.3657 -1.53388 Ouagadougou
9.05735 7.48976 Abuja