For close to ten years, the West African Research Center (WARC), on behalf of the Ford Foundation and the Association of African Universities (AAU) has hosted this prestigious International Fellowships Program funded and operated by the Ford Foundation in three West African countries (Senegal, Ghana, and Nigeria) and several other east and South African nations. The Program is to definitively fold in June 2013.
In Africa and the Middle East, nearly two-third of the fellows come from rural areas or small cities or towns. More than 50 per cent of the fellows are employed in the public sector with the rest working either in the not-for-profit or private sectors at the local national and international levels.
The program is also well-known for laying emphasis on the promotion of people with disabilities or economic handicaps.
The ceremony was officially launched by the representative of the senegalese ministry of higher education and research in the presence of the representative of the Association of African Universities (AAU) and the Director of the West African Research Center and attended by over100 people including mostly IFP alumni and grantees along with many guests from the various walks of life in the senegalese capital.