Training indigenous people in the Amazon to implement conservation practices needed to preserve precious natural resources threatened by deforestation. Creating jobs in Barbados and neighboring countries by educating and supporting young entrepreneurs. Teaching farmers in Tunisia about how to put into effect more efficient water management practices.
Higher Education for Development (HED) connects American universities and colleges with institutions abroad to tackle these and many more of the toughest international development challenges. But now this work is in jeopardy in the wake of a federal agency’s decision to eliminate needed funding.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reported this morning that a proposed budget cut by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) endangers more than three dozen international higher education partnerships managed by HED, a nonprofit organization funded by USAID through a cooperative agreement with ACE.
HED is set to manage 41 partnerships involving 93 higher education institutions worldwide in 2014. Institutions from all sectors of the American higher education community participate in the program, including two-year, four-year, public and private institutions, and minority serving institutions. The latest five-year HED budget was agreed to in 2010 and runs through the end of fiscal year 2015.