Sabith Khan, scholar with expertise in philanthropy, civil society and communications, reviewed my book Unequal Partners, American Foundations and Higher Education Development in Africa, on his website “Habits of the Arts.”
What role do U.S. foundations play abroad?
By Sabith Khan
Recently released book ‘Unequal Partners’ by Fabrice Jaumont examines the role of American foundations in the space of Higher education in Africa. Jaumont offers a nuanced perspective of how American foundations have operated in the continent. While there is a clear understanding that each foundation comes with its own cultural understanding of what is relevant and what is not, the book takes a hard look at the operating conditions of these foundations and the countries where they work.
An observation he makes is relevant : He suggests that there seems to be a bias towards English speaking projects/ countries, where American foundations operate and among French speaking countries, there is a greater influence/ support from France/ Francophone foundations, reflecting a bias from the days of the colonial powers.
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