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Ace Partners > The events > World Bank event – Africa Centers of Excellence: A Pathway towards Sustainable Development
  • High level World Bank Event, Washington DC, 17 – 18 October 2022
  • Innovation Tour, Boston 20 – 21 October 2022

The Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence for Development Impact (ACE Impact) Projects support universities in Western Africa and Djibouti to deliver high quality training, education, and undertake applied research in priority areas in fields across health, agriculture, STEM, Education and Environment. The ACE Impact Projects, which are the third in the series of ACE projects, were launched in 2019 and, through a sector-based approach, have identified and are addressing higher-level skills needs and innovation requirements for these priority sectors in the region.

The World Bank, together with the French Development Agency (AFD), the Association of African Universities (AAU) and the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD) will co-host an on-site two day event titled Africa Centers of Excellence: A Pathway towards Sustainable Development at the World Bank’s headquarters in Washington DC, on 17-18 October, 2022.

This event will showcase to the World Bank management, key partners and African governments, the impact to date, opportunities, and challenges facing the ACEs as well as the broader higher education sector in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

The discussions will also emphasize the growing role of the ACE impact networks of excellence to address regional challenges in health, digital transformation, food security, climate change, environment and biodiversity, and sustainable resource management. The event will provide an in-person platform for knowledge sharing and networking that can spur future collaborations between participants and project stakeholders both to ensure the sustainability of the ACEs and regional networks and to further strengthen their impact in SSA. Following the event in Washington, interested participants will travel to Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Harvard, and MIT for a two-day innovation tour to further engage with academic partners and collaborate on current and future initiatives within health and STEM.

The event will also leverage the experiences and contributions from key development partners and funders by facilitating discussions on the current implications of the ACE Impact project in the development space, donors’ and funders’ ongoing initiatives in the Africa region, and ideas for future collaborations. Key partners include the Rockefeller Foundation, IBM, the Africa CDC, WHO, Wellcome Trust, Harvard University, MasterCard, the Carnegie Corporation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The key objectives of the event are to:
●      Organize a follow up and complementary event to the World Bank’s Education Strategy for Western and Central Africa to support its implementation with respect to the higher education sector, and strengthening regional integration and partnerships.

●      Disseminate Impact of the ACEs to date in terms of their contributions, innovations, and best practices in addressing key regional development challenges and global crises that relate to COVID-19, climate change, energy independence, food security, and digital transformation.

●      Identify opportunities for accelerating the development of quality higher education, research, and innovation in SSA, particularly in STEM fields, while promoting regional integration (contributing to the implementation of the AFW regional education strategy.

●      Showcase regional collaboration by promoting the ACE model for replication in the region, highlighting networking and knowledge exchange on higher education and research initiatives in Africa.

World Bank ACE meetings

Organizations Speaking/Participating:
The expected number of participants is 150-200
●      The World Bank Group
●      The Association of African Universities (AAU)
●      The French Development Agency (AFD)
●      The French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD)
●      Africa Centers of Excellence (17 from AFW and ~5 from AFE)
●      The European Union
●      Africa Center for Disease Control (Africa CDC)
●      World Health Organization (WHO)
●      Mastercard Foundation
●      IBM
●      Harvard University (Disease Surveillance Experts)
●      Wellcome Trust
●      The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
●      Rockefeller Foundation
●      Carnegie Corporation
●      US – National Institute of Health (NIH), National Academy of Engineers (NAE)
●      Relevant Universities in the DMV area
●      … other ACE partners

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