Organizations & Programs in Africa

The HALI Access Network is an association of non-profit organizations that work with high-achieving, low-income students from the African continent to help them access higher education opportunities. This Network strives to level the playing field in international education to increase inclusion, access, and scholarship support for remarkable students who only lack finances to make their educational dreams come true, and believes in the power of education to change communities and in the impact our students have on college and university campuses. The Yale Young African Scholars Program is a proud member of this Network.

Other members include:

  1. Abaarso School of Science and Technology (Somaliland)
  2. Ahaspora Young Professionals Network (Ghana)
  3. The Aga Khan Academy Mombasa (Kenya)
  4. African Leadership Academy (pan-Africa)
  5. African Science Academy (Ghana)
  6. Akili Dada (Kenya)
  7. Ashinaga (Sub-Saharan Africa)
  8. Bridge2Rwanda (Rwanda and Burundi)
  9. Canada-Mathare Education Trust (Kenya)
  10. COBURWAS International Youth Organization to Transform Africa (Kyangwali refugee settlement in Uganda)
  11. East African Scholars Fund (Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania)
  12. Education Leadership Community Development (EDULCOD) (Togo)
  13. Education Matters (Zimbabwe)
  14. Equity Leaders Program (Kenya)
  15. Imagine Scholar (South Africa)
  16. Kakenya’s Dream (Kenya)
  17. Kenya Scholar-Athlete Project (Kenya)
  18. Klesis Educational Initiative (Malawi)
  19. Kucetekela Foundation (Zambia)
  20. Lebawi Academy (Ethiopia)
  21. Makomborero (Zimbabwe)
  22. NOLBED Foundation (Ghana)
  23. Our Moon (Zambia)
  24. Open Dreams (Cameroon)
  25. Project Educate (Zambia)
  26. Rainbows4Children (Ethiopia)
  27. Rwanda Girls Initiative (Rwanda)
  28. Smart Liberia (Liberia)
  29. Supporting Her Education Changes a Nation (Rwanda)
  30. Tanzania Student Achievement Organization (Tanzania)
  31. The Knowledge Institute (ESwatini)
  32. The School of St. Jude (Tanzania)
  33. Tujenge Africa Foundation (Great Lakes Region)
  34. United World College - Costa Rica (pan-Africa)
  35. United World College - Waterford Kamhlaba (Swaziland)
  36. WAAW Foundation (Nigeria)
  37. Windle Trust International (South Sudan, Sudan, and the East Africa region)
  38. Zawadi Africa Education Fund (Ghana, Kenya, and Uganda)

There are many other organizations on the continent that help students to seek educational opportunities such as:


EducationUSA is a network of advising centers across the world, which provides accurate, comprehensive, and current information about pursuing higher education in the United States. Nearly all African countries have an EducationUSA advising center where students can get resources and advice for free. Find the EducationUSA center in your country hereCompetitive applicants with limited means may also be eligible to receive funding for some up-front costs to a US application such as testing, application fees or airfare through the EducationUSA Opportunity Fund. Learn more about that fund and similar initiatives through EducationUSA.


AMIDEAST is a leading American non-profit organization engaged in international education, training and development activities in the Middle East and North Africa. Today AMIDEAST programs and services touch the lives of half a million individuals a year – improving educational opportunities and quality, strengthening local institutions, and developing language and professional skills critical for success in the global economy. 


The Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) is an international non-profit organization tackling poverty and inequality by supporting marginalized girls to go to school and succeed, and empowering young women to step up as leaders of change. Our current 5-year goal is to support 1 million girls through secondary school, and on into entrepreneurship and leadership in their communities.

Tostan International 

Tostan seeks to empower African communities by bringing about sustainable development and positive social transformation based on respect for human rights. They partner with communities to implement our Community Empowerment Program (CEP) in six African countries – Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, and The Gambia.

Forum for African Women Educationalists

The Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) is a pan-African Non-Government Organisation founded in 1992 by five women ministers of education to promote girls’ and women’s education in sub-Saharan Africa in line with Education for All. The organisation’s members include female ministers of education, university vice-chancellors, education policy-makers, researchers, gender specialists and human rights activists. Their target beneficiaries and constituency are primarily girls and women in 33 sub-Saharan African countries.


MIET AFRICA is a forward-thinking not-for-profit African education organization that aims to improve the lives of children and youth through supporting the provision of quality education for all. It is based in South Africa but has a strong presence in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Region. They use principles of social entrepreneurship to actively identify barriers to education achievement and to conceptualize and pilot ground-breaking, replicable interventions that address these challenges.  They influence and enable policy in education, partnering with government and other stakeholders to ensure participation, ownership, relevance and sustainability of interventions, and to maximize their impact.

Wells Mountain Initiative Scholars Program

Wells Mountain Initiative is an organization that aims to create social change through education programs for young African students. 

Kibo School of Technology

The Kibo School of Technology runs Try Kibo, offering FREE 5-week online classes in topics such as Introduction to Data Science and Future Proof with Python. The Try Kibo program has helped around 2000 learners in more that 20 African countries begin their journey in tech. Learners have the opportunity to learn and collaborate with peers across Africa, build real-life projects, and learn from instructors and mentors from top tech companies. Apply for Try Kibo here.