With a wave of investment transforming Africa’s educational, economic, and physical infrastructure, a bright future lies ahead for the continent’s 1 billion people. But realizing this promise will require innovative solutions to some persistent challenges, including conflict, illiteracy, and health crises.

EDC is committed to improving the lives of people across Africa. Our programs build entrepreneurship and economic opportunity, support ambitious education reform efforts, and develop solutions to pervasive public health issues, including HIV/AIDS. Across all of our work, we consult regional partners to create meaningful, effective programs that are informed by local contexts and are designed to be sustainable long into the future.


Projects

Resources

Here are a few of our resources on Africa. To see more, visit our Resources section.
Reports

EDC’s basic education programs in low-resource contexts support the development of learners who can use language to explain and analyze the world around them and who have the foundational skills to think critically and solve the range of problems they will encounter in school and life.

Reports

The USAID-funded Literacy, Language and Learning Initiative (L3) Community Libraries (CLs) aims to put books in the hands of children, parents and community members.

Reports

This paper explores how the Government of Mali, with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development and Education Development Center, Inc., used innovative tools and methods (including georeferencing, mapping, and school/village surveys) to better understand the twin challenges posed by home-school distance and inefficient teacher distribution in rural communities and why Mali chose an old-school solution: one-room, multi-grade schools equipped with trained teachers and appropriate materials.

Reports

This report analyzes survey data from 200 participants in USAID-funded, EDC-implemented youth programs in North East Kenya and Honduras.

Reports

In this action memo, we consider proposals for more effective donor investment in school health and nutrition.

Reports

This document highlights lessons learned in implementing the youth mapping development model internationally.

Fact sheets

As Zambia’s out-of-school orphan population soared to 800,000 in 2000, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supported the creation of the Taonga Market Interactiv

Videos

Young people around the world are landing jobs and founding businesses thanks to EDC’s workforce preparation programs. Phoebe Iragena, a young woman from Rwanda, is just one participant who is making use of her new skills. She recently opened her own clothing shop in Kigali.

Fact sheets

As part of EDC’s Work Ready Now (WRN) program, WRN Biz builds youths’ core skills in business planning, business start-up, and ongoing business management.

Key results from Zambia Can Read project.