Research, training and innovation

African Centres of Excellence, the key actors in excellence education and research to meet the challenges of Sustainable Development in Africa

The African Centres of Excellence for Higher Education (ACE Impact) project is an initiative of the World Bank and the French Development Agency (AFD) in collaboration with the governments of participating countries to support higher education and research in sub-Saharan Africa in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), environment, climate, agriculture, applied social sciences/education and health.

Today, 53 African Centres of Excellence are funded for a total of more than USD 400 million to strengthen the capacity of these universities to deliver quality training and research for development. The aim is to attract the best students, develop the quality of training and link their research to national and regional development issues, and establish partnerships with international universities and research centres.

The ACE Partner project is an institutional collaboration between the World Bank and the Association of African Universities (AAU), the French Development Agency (AFD), the Institute of Research for Development (IRD), and Inria. It aims to promote the outreach and collaboration of thematic research networks between African Centres of Excellence (ACEs), the key actors in quality education and research, mobilised around national and regional development issues.

The ACE Partner programme aims to strengthen collaboration in training, collaborative research and capacity building and research between ACEs on common themes. It aims to build sustainable networks from a core group of ACEs by progressively opening them up to peripheral actors: Emerging Centres, faculties of universities in the region, research organisations, private sector, NGOs, etc.

4 thematic networks are currently supported and include 23 Centres of Excellence in 8 countries :
> Sustainable Water Management RES’EAU
> Responsible Mining and Sustainable Development AMR2D
> Digital Science and Technology DSTN
> West African Network for Infectious Diseases ACE WANIDA

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Our Team

Gregory Giraud Ace Partner

Grégory Giraud

Project Manager

Jérémy Brocard 

Project Administrator

Sophonisbe Chabouni 

Fellow Administator
Mamadou Diallo IRD
Mamadou Diallo IRD

Mamadou Diallo

Regional Coordinator

Gaoussou Camara

DSTN Coordinator

Patrice Ebah

RAMR2D Coordinator
Olivia Koupaki réseau WANIDA Ace Partner

Olivia Koupaki 

WANIDA Coordinator
Faissal Ouedraogo RESEAU EAU

Faissal Ouedraogo

RES’EAU Coordinator
Hélène Kirschner réseau DSTN Ace Partner  INRIA

Hélène Kirchner

DSTN Scientific referent

Fabrice COLIN référent scientifique réseau RAMR2D

Fabrice Colin

RAMR2D Scientific referent
Nicaise Ndam réseau WANIDA Ace partner IRD

Nicaise Ndam

WANIDA Scientific Referent

Guillaume Favreau IRD réseau RESEAU Ace Partner

Guillaume Favreau

RES’EAU Scientific referent

Laura Norcy 

Director INRIA

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