The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Higher Education for Development (HED) have announced that five universities in the United States have been selected to partner with higher education institutions in five countries to promote gender equality and women’s leadership.
Under the Women’s Leadership Program, these critical higher education partnerships will promote and develop curricula and opportunities for women in business, agriculture and education in the targeted countries, thus supporting key national and local development goals aimed at fostering the advancement of women and girls articulated in USAID’s Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Policy.
With funding from USAID totaling about $8.75 million, HED will manage the partnerships: one each in Armenia, Paraguay and South Sudan; and two in Rwanda.
Established in 1992, HED mobilizes the expertise and resources of the higher education community to address global development challenges. It assists the nation's six major higher education associations, including ACE, in partnering with USAID, the State Department, donor organizations and foundations.