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.


Experts

Annie Alcid
Deputy Chief of Party
Kingsley Arkorful
Chief of Party
Brenda Bell
Senior International Technical Advisor
Mary Burns
Senior Learning Technologist
Erik Butler
Distinguished Scholar
Bettina Dembek
Senior International Technical Advisor
Cornelia Janke
Senior International Technical Advisor
Alisha Keirstead staff portrait
Senior Business Development Associate
Jennifer Kennedy
Deputy Chief of Party
Carrie Lewis
Senior Technical Advisor
Ronnie Lovich, Technical Director, Health Programs
Technical Director, Health Programs
Gustavo Payan
Project Director | Youth Development Specialist
Elizabeth Miller Pittman
International Curriculum and Training Specialist
Simon Richmond
Project Director | Applied Technology Specialist
Melanie Sany
Senior Technical Advisor for Youth Livelihoods
Lisa Hartenberger Toby
Senior International Technical Advisor
Jim Vetter
Associate Director

Resources

Here are a few of our resources on Africa. To see more, visit our Resources section.
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EDC conducted a study to examine employment outcomes and employer satisfaction levels for a cohort of youth who had graduated from the USAID-funded Akazi Kanoze program, an EDC workforce development initiative in Rwanda.
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These teachers’ guides supplement the Living: Skills for Life, Botswana’s Window of Hope curricula.

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This report presents key findings and lessons learned from the Garissa Youth and Yes Youth Can! North Eastern Region projects.
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Drawing on its extensive work in fragile environments, EDC developed this set of case studies that chronicles best practices, lessons learned, and stories of success.
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This set of materials was designed to help teachers and learners facilitate life skills education in the classroom, with the goal of preventing the transmission of HIV/AIDS and other sexually trans

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This evaluation of the Harnessing Youth Volunteers as Literacy Leaders (HYVALL) project in Senegal explores the potential links between specific elements of the intervention and student reading gains.
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These free online training courses are designed to help entrepreneurs learn what they need to know to establish and grow a business. Users learn at their own pace in their own time.

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These teachers’ guides supplement the Living: Skills for Life, Botswana’s Window of Hope curricula.

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This report analyzes survey data from 200 participants in USAID-funded, EDC-implemented youth programs in North East Kenya and Honduras.
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This report summarizes the results of a small-scale evaluation EDC conducted in collaboration with Mali’s Ministry of National Education to examine the effectiveness of a balanced literacy approach.