France Honors Carnegie Corporation President Vartan Gregorian

Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation of New York, was awarded the medal of Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor at a ceremony at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York City on February 9. The French ambassador to the United States, Gérard Araud, presented the insignia to Gregorian in recognition of his three-decade effort to strengthen Franco-American relations, advance links between French and American institutions of higher education, and promote the study of French culture and language. Continue reading

Unequal Partners: Teaching Resources

I created powerpoints based on my book Unequal Partners: American Foundations and Higher Education Development in Africa (Palgrave, 2016) to use in classrooms (copyright Fabrice Jaumont).

The book Unequal Partners:

  • Offers a flesh and bone approach to international development for a wide audience, including international organizations, governmental agencies and NGOs involved in international assistance
  • Provides insights into building the educational capital of developing countries
  • Analyzes the role of American philanthropy abroad and its impact on higher education in Sub-Saharan Africa

Continue reading

Unequal Partners reviewed by scholar Sabith Khan

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.”
Continue reading

A History of Unequal Partnerships between American Foundations and African Universities – An Article for HistPhil

I contributed a post to HistPhi, a web publication on the history of the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors, based on my new book, Unequal Partners: American Foundations and Higher Education Development in Africa (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2016). Continue reading

Unequal Partners reviewed by Liz Daly’s Culture Digest

Elizabeth Rose Daly, former director of International Business in the Mayor’s Office of International Affairs, joined us at the book talk about Unequal Partners organized at the Albertine Bookstore in New York.
Continue reading

[video] Book talk about Unequal Partners at Albertine Bookstore

On Wednesday, November 30, I presented Unequal Partners: American Foundations and Higher Education Development in Africa with NYU professor of higher education Teboho Moja. We discussed how new philanthropic trends are emerging, and examined the conditions under which philanthropy can be effective, the impasses that foundations often face, and the updated contexts in which philanthropy operates. Continue reading

Talking Policy: Fabrice Jaumont on Higher Education in Africa

I was recently interviewed for the World Policy Journal regarding my new book, Unequal Partners: American Foundations & Higher Education Development in Africa. and the role of American philanthropic foundations in shaping university education in sub-Saharan Africa. Continue reading

Unequal Partners book launch at Carnegie Corporation of New York

I launched my new book Unequal Partners: American Foundations and Higher Education Development in Africa (Palgrave Macmillan., 170 pp., ISBN 978–1–137–59347–4) at Carnegie Corporation of New York. President Vartan Gregorian, who also wrote the preface, introduced the book and myself during a beautiful reception.

Continue reading

Marybeth Gasman, University of Pennsylvania, endorses Unequal Partners: American Foundations and Higher Education Development in Africa

Fabrice Jaumont has written a book that needed to be written decades ago. Unequal Partners: American Foundations and Higher Education Development in Africa tells the complicated story of how philanthropy has shaped higher education, in both positive and negative ways. Although the “great” philanthropists have been lauded in many books for decades, recent scholarship has challenged their benevolence and that of their foundations. Jaumont provides a fair portrayal of major foundation players in African higher education—those with a long track record and those that have just started to play a role. Rather than present these foundations as saviors that uplift higher education on the continent, Jaumont presents a nuanced view, detailing the profound impact as well as the “unequal” relationships that result when one of the partners has more resources and the other is in need of resources. Of note, the discussions and themes featured in the book are useful to those studying and working with foundations in the USA as well as in Africa. Interestingly, many of the interventions in Africa are similar to those in urban and minority communities in the USA. Overall, Unequal Partners is beautifully written, succinctly and effectively argued, and timely.

Continue reading