|Approval Date||15 Jul 2016|
|Signature Date||16 Sep 2016|
|Planned Completion Date||30 Jun 2022|
|Last Disbursement Planned Date||30 Jun 2022|
|Sovereign / Non-Sovereign||Sovereign|
|DAC Sector Code||11110|
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.
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. This increase is possible thanks to the creation of incubators that will irrigate the sector with a culture of entrepreneurship, through training and support, with the participation of the private sector and industry.
African Development Fund
East African Community (EAC) Secretariat
|Last Update||26 Jan 2023|
|Name||SIMBA Hamisi Seif|