The feasibility study "Supporting Education in Sub-Saharan Africa" was conducted by the Foundation for Studies and Research on International Development (FERDI) as part of the new impact programme I&P Education to Employment, dedicated to education and professional training in Africa.

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Objectives of the feasibility study

Gaining a better understanding of African challenges in regard to education

Identifying good practice in education that could be developed and disseminated more widely by the private sector

Analysing the economic models of private operators in education




Main Insights

As key deliverables, the study provides:

A mapping of investments in private education, as well as a review of the dynamics of private education in five African countries (Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Madagascar and Maroc).

A robust literature review highlithing impactful practices in education as well as possible perverse effects or unexpected outputs linked to private education.

The study defines a new typology of education businesses and their expected financial and impact returns.


The study is available in different formats:

A summary report, available in French and English

The complete study (in English only)


Date publication: September 2019