Wednesday 30 August 2017

SPHEIR is pleased to confirm DFID’s selection of six new partnerships from its most recent call for proposals. These will join the three existing SPHEIR partnerships, each bringing together institutions and organisations focused on transformative change in higher education systems in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

The six new SPHEIR partnerships will provide a variety of innovative solutions to higher education challenges in low-income countries:

These partnerships will join Prepared for Practice (PfP), Partnership for Digital Learning and Increased Access (PADILIEA) and Partnership for Enhanced and Blended Learning (PEBL) — three established SPHEIR partnerships — to make up an ambitious portfolio that spans more than 60 organisations across 16 countries, including universities, government bodies, private sector firms and associations.

The Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, Minister of State for the Department for International Development, said: “I’m delighted that DFID is supporting higher education reform through SPHEIR partnerships. Higher Education has a crucial role to play in developing critical thinkers and skilled workforces that low-income countries need to lift themselves out of poverty.”

SPHEIR will shortly launch an application process in collaboration with Microsoft that will provide additional opportunities for universities operating business incubators that support emerging entrepreneurial start-ups in Sub-Saharan Africa. More information on this initiative, called the Innovation Platform, will be made available in the coming months, including the eligible countries and application details. Sign up to the SPHEIR mailing list to receive updates.