Cambridge, Ma—Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) announced today a new program to educate professionals working in technology and governance in African nations. The Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship for Development Program will add to the school’s executive education offerings, which enhance the skills of experienced practitioners. A gift of $1 million from the Schooner Foundation will underwrite the program.
Professor of the Practice of International Development Calestous Juma will oversee the program. Juma is also director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project within the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at HKS. His previous work has focused on African nations that embrace advances in technology and related infrastructure to drive innovation.
“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.”
“This initiative will go a long way in equipping African leaders with the knowledge needed to convert their vision into practical programs,” said Alpha Kanu, minister of information and communication for Sierra Leone. “I commend Harvard Kennedy School for pioneering the effort.”
The Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship for Development Program will follow the established HKS Executive Education format of one-week intensive sessions with HKS faculty members for public, private, and nonprofit sector executives. The new program is specifically for professionals from ministries, enterprises, and academia across Africa who have expertise in agriculture, health, education, and infrastructure.