The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (HKS) has announced a $1 million grant from the Schooner Foundation to educate professionals working in technology and governance in African nations.
The Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship for Development Program will expand the school's executive education offerings, which aim to enhance the skills of experienced practitioners. Led by Calestous Juma, professor of the practice of international development at HKS, the program is designed for African professionals from ministries, enterprises, and academia who have expertise in agriculture, health, education, and infrastructure. It will follow the established HKS Executive Education format of intensive one-week sessions with HKS faculty members for public, private, and nonprofit sector executives.
"Deepening the skills of African leaders in the areas of science and technology will help advance Africa's growth," said Juma. "In the program, we hope to provide African practitioners new insights into how they can translate good ideas into effective, scalable policies."