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The Role of the Diaspora in African Higher Education and Research

  A 2019 forum pays tribute to the late Pius Adesanmi and addresses the practical implementation of improving higher education and building education coalitions with the African diaspora


In partnership with the Institute for African Studies at Carleton University and the African Union Citizens and Diaspora Directorate, Carnegie Corporation of New York hosted a continental forum and workshop on the Role of the African Diaspora in Higher Education and Innovation in Africa from November 13–14, 2019, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The forum involved workshops and strategy sessions to address the multiple goals set forth within the Continental Education Strategy for Africa as they relate to the role of the diaspora in higher education, scientific research, and innovation in Africa, among other objectives. University World News provided a special report on the forum, including interviews with some of the participants.

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The following papers were commissioned with the aim of providing practical implementations to improving higher education and building stakeholder coalitions.

From Brain Drain to Brain Gain: Countries Engaging Their Diasporas
Abdoulaye Gueye

A Continental Policy Forum and Workshop on the Role of Academic Diaspora in Revitalization of Africa’s Higher Education: The Case of Ghana, Nigeria, Zambia
Mary Boatemaa Setrana

A Continental Policy Forum and Workshop on the Role of the Academic Diaspora in the Revitalization of Africa’s Higher Education: The Case of Kenya, Rwanda, and Ethiopia
Wangui Kimari