A Foundation Collaboration in Africa Ends With Mixed Results

Mixed Results for Foundations That Join Forces 1

Akin Akintunde for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Women work in a computer lab at Nigeria’s Bayero University, which received more than $8-million from the MacArthur Foundation as part of a foundation partnership.

After 10 years and hundreds of millions of dollars, a major philanthropic effort to develop African universities ended last year, leaving behind a string of accomplishments but also some missteps along the way.

Known as the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa, it included seven of America’s most venerable and wealthy grant makers—the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Ford, William and Flora Hewlett, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur, Andrew W. Mellon,