During my visit to Beijing for Philanthropy in Childhood Education in China: Trends and Perspectives conference, I was thrilled to learn more about China Global Philanthropy Institute (CGPI), a think-tank established three years ago to provide information on China’s rapidly expanding philanthropic sector and training programs for foundation executives as well knowledge exchange, reporting and monitoring on the sector which currently totals 7,000 foundations.
Elizabeth R. Bruce wrote a wonderful review of my book, Unequal Partners: American Foundations and Higher Education Development in Africa in the Harvard Africa Policy Journal (Spring 2018). it is a publication dedicated to promoting dialogue about African policy and current affairs in the realms of governance, law, education, business, health, design, and culture.
I recently took part in a panel on philanthropy and education during the annual conference of the Comparative and International Education Society in Mexico City (CIES 2018), Re-Mapping Global Education: South-North Dialogue. The panel focused on the interplay at both policy and delivery level between the public sector and the philanthropic one. Funding to higher education is dependent on both national and global shifts in the grantors’ country, and in the receptiveness of African governments and institutions to the modalities of private funding. Neo-liberal trends influencing foundations have promoted the notion of the knowledge economy, which sees higher education as crucial for economic growth.Continue reading
My first talk in French in a long while was at Fordham University where I was invited to present my new book, Partenaires inégaux : fondations américaines et universités en Afrique (Fondation maison des sciences de l’homme), to students in international relations and French studies.
What is the influence of American foundations on universities in Africa?
By Fabrice Jaumont, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (FMSH) – USPC
University of Cape Town, South Africa: $80,902,000
Largest donor: Gates Foundation
University of Makere, Uganda: $42,352,000
Largest donor: Rockefeller Foundation
University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa: $28,742,000
Largest donor: Rockefeller Foundation
University of Ghana: $19,992,000
Largest donor: Ford Foundation
University of Ibadan, Nigeria: $14,162,000
Largest donor: MacArthur Foundation
Quelle est l’influence des fondations américaines sur les universités en Afrique ?
Par Fabrice Jaumont, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (FMSH) – USPC
Université du Cap. Afrique du Sud : 80 902 000 $
Premier donateur : Fondation Gates
Université Makere. Ouganda : 42 352 000 $
Premier donateur : Fondation Rockefeller
Université de Kwazulu-Natal, Afrique du Sud : 28 742 000 $
Premier donateur : Carnegie Corporation of New York
Université du Ghana, 19 992 000 $
Premier donateur : Fondation Ford
Université d’Ibadan, Nigeria : 14 162 000 $
Premier donateur : Fondation MacArthur
On March 1, Global Language Project organized a conversation and book signing around my book, The Bilingual Revolution as part of Language Matters, an ongoing series designed to support Global Language Project’s mission of expanding access to world-language education for students in underserved communities. Each breakfast or lunch features a guest speaker who is a business leader or celebrity, followed by a moderated discussion.
Last November, I was in Geneva to present my research on philanthropy and education, as well as my book Unequal Partners, at the Inaugural Symposium, “Philanthropy on Education: Global Trends, Regional Differences and Diverse Perspectives.” Below is an interview I gave after my presentation, “Reconsidering development: Rethinking the relationship between American foundations and universities in Africa.”