AAI’s ‘Conversation on Africa’: Expanding Financing Options for African University Students

Students listen intently in class at Africa University in Zimbabwe.  PHOTO CREDIT: Mark Taber

Students listen intently in class at Africa University in Zimbabwe.


The Africa-America Institute (AAI) will hold a Conversation on Africa panel discussion, entitled “Financial Aid for African Students: Risks and Solutions,” on Wednesday, April 29 from 8:30am-10:00am at Capitol Hill’s B339 Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C.

Higher education plays a key role in preparing motivated and qualified individuals for careers in a global economy and accelerating sustainable growth wherever the students live.

However, in order to reap the benefits of such investments in human capital, a quality post-secondary education coupled with an array of financing options must be readily available to ensure African students can attain a higher education or vocational training to drive innovation and build a strong workforce.

The Capitol Hill panel discussion will look at economic challenges and opportunities confronting African students who are pursuing a higher education degree in the USA and Africa.

Panelists include:

  • Andreas Blom, Lead Economist, Education in Africa, The World Bank
  • Derek Kindle, Director of Financial Aid, Howard University
  • Teshome Alemneh, Program Director, Higher Education for Development
  • H.E. Robinson Njeru Githae, Republic of Kenya’s Ambassador to the United States (Invited)
  • Maureen McLaughlin, Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Director for International Affairs, U.S. Department of State (Invited)
  • Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), , Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations. (Invited)

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