CODESRIA Higher Education Policy Initiative (HEPI) / Call for Proposals to 
undertake Profiles of Higher Education leaders in Africa

Deadline: 15th September 2017

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa 
(CODESRIA), with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York is 
implementing a new Higher Education Policy Initiative (HEPI). The initiative 
aims at engaging academics and stakeholders in higher education in Africa on 
issues and policy directions that can secure greater autonomy for the 
institutions, deepen cultures of accountability and oversight and support the 
institutions to better focus on their academic missions. Part of the activities 
under this programme will generate literature that can inform policy on 
critical governance and leadership related challenges that face higher 
education in Africa. The overall outcome envisaged from the HEPI initiative 
relates to contributing to the emergence of a critical mass of internal and 
external stakeholders within the higher education sector who can continuously 
secure the management capacities, autonomy and resources the institutions need 
to deliver on their academic missions.

As a component of this initiative, CODESRIA invites proposals from academics in 
African universities and media personnel working in the area of higher 
education to undertake profiles of higher education leaders within the 
continent. The profiles are meant to document cases of leadership innovations 
and highlight the work of individuals who successfully overcame the 
uncertainties wrought by resource scarcities and/or governance challenges and 
built resilience that has seen the institution continue to play a central role 
in the development of their societies. The rationale for this component of the 
initiative is that past higher education leaders (Vice-Chancellors, Members of 
council and senate, government ministers responsible for higher education) etc. 
have valuable lessons and experiences regarding the process of institutional 
building and governance reform. Feedback from them is intended to stimulate 
debates on how higher education governance and leadership processes in Africa 
would be supported to mitigate challenges to management and oversight; 
including the development and building of capacity to utilize new 
accountability tools to improve systems of governance, establishing effective 
stakeholder-driven governing boards and contributing to a culture of 
accountability and academic excellence in the institutions. The aim will be to 
document the contributions and visions of these leaders and their personal 
imprint and influence on broad higher education policy issues, how the sector 
should be governed and managed and contribute to deepening understanding of 
what would constitute a ‘philosophy’ of higher education governance and 
leadership in Africa.

The profiles will be recorded in form of interviews and later transcribed into 
publishable narrative form by the researchers. To this end, those submitting 
proposals should:

     *   Clearly justify the choice and institutional linkage of the leader/s 
to be profiled in the context of the objectives of this project;
     *   Include an indication of the budget and timelines needed to accomplish 
the task;
     *   Provide a sample of the interview protocol as an annexure to the 
     *   Provide a CV outlining key strengths and suitability to undertake this 

This call targets academics and institutions in six sub-Saharan African 
countries: Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and South Africa. Individual 
former higher education leaders from these countries who wish to submit 
proposals to do book length biographies as part of these reflections are 
encouraged to do so, adhering to the spirit of the guidelines above.

Complete proposals; no more than 5 pages long typed on 1.5 New Times Roman 
margins should be sent to the address below as electronic mail only.

The deadline for receiving the proposals is 15th September 2017.

Complete proposals (Electronic copies only) should be sent to the address below:

Higher Education Policy Initiative (HEPI)
BP 3304, Dakar,
18524, Se´ne´gal
Te´l. (221) 33 825 98 21/22/23

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