Multinational - The African Virtual University AVU support project

Project Summary

Approval Date 13 Dec 2004
Signature Date 07 Mar 2005
Planned Completion Date 30 Sep 2010
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Sep 2010
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Social
DAC Sector Code 11110
Environmental Category 3
Commitment U.A 4,994,841.9
Status Completion

Project General Description

The African Virtual University Support Project is designed in response to the challenges faced by education on the African continent. Indeed, the African Virtual University (AVU) is a tertiary education network that uses blended Open Distance and e-Learning (ODeL) programs to facilitate quality tertiary education dissemination through established African Universities. The project should strengthen the institutional and operational capacity of the African Virtual University (AVU) and its partner institutions to deliver and manage quality ICT assisted education and training opportunities in regional member countries. This in turn should contribute to human resources development and poverty reduction through improved access to post-secondary education. The project should also foster regional cooperation and integration. It has four main components, namely: (i) Establishment of Learning Centres and Connectivity Provision at AVU Partner Institutions; (ii) Teacher Training and Development Program; (iii) Mainstreaming Gender Issues Into AVU Operations; and (iv) Project Management.

Project Objectives

The sector objective of the project is to contribute to increased access to quality education in selected African countries while fostering regional integration. The project objective is to strengthen the capacity of the African Virtual University (AVU) and a network of institutions coordinated by the AVU to deliver and manage quality ICT assisted education and training opportunities in selected African countries.


The beneficiaries of the project are: (i) the public sector institutions of tertiary learning where AVU learning centres should be established and Internet connection provided; (ii) the primary and secondary schools for which teachers should be trained; (iii) potential trainees, including qualified female students who are unable to pursue higher education because of financial reasons; and (iv) teacher training institutes whose capacities should be reinforced.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Université Virtuelle Africaine (UVA)


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-IAZ-002
Last Update 02 Dec 2022


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Geographic Location

Country Multinational
Coordinates Location Name
11.58901 43.14503 Djibouti
9 39.5 Ethiopia
-20 47 Madagascar
-18.25 35 Mozambique
-6 35 Tanzania
6 48 Somalia
-14.33333 28.5 Zambia
-19 29.75 Zimbabwe
1.25 32.5 Uganda
1 38 Kenya