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
Brenda Bell
Senior International Technical Advisor
EDC's Susan Bruckner staff portrait
Senior International Technical Advisor
Mary Burns
Senior Learning Technologist
Erik Butler
Distinguished Scholar
Bettina Dembek staff photo
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
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.
Reports

This report details the work of the Akazi Kanoze (AK) Youth Livelihoods Project, which was funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and implemented by EDC.

Reports

This report describes the results of a randomized controlled study of the Akazi Kanoze 2 workforce development program. The study, which involved more than 1,500 young people during Year 1 of the three-year program, showed the participants were 8 percent more likely to land jobs than youth who did not participate. In addition, the study also showed increased work readiness and increased confidence in job-seeking.

Reports

This is the executive summary for the report that describes the results of a randomized controlled study of the Akazi Kanoze 2 workforce development program.

Reports

This learning series summarizes the results of participant studies in the USAID Advancing Youth Project in Liberia. The studies explored topics in alternative basic education such as leadership,

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.

Reports

The report covers the results of a study that was done of the Akazi Kanoze Youth Livelihoods Project partner organizations.

Reports

This infographic shows the results of an evaluation of the Akazi Kanoze 2 Project in Rwanda.

Reports

EDC conducted a randomized controlled trial in Year 5 of the Akazi Kanoze (AK) project to measure whether, as a result of the project, youth showed a measurable change in employability and employme

Reports

This report summarizes the results of a review, conducted by external experts, of the quality and content of the Out-of-School Literacy Assessment (OLA).

Reports

This factsheet describes the development and implementation of the Competence-Based Curriculum (CBC), which was included as part of the Akazi Kanoze 2 (AK2) Project, a youth work-readiness program