Project profile — Agence universitaire de la Francophonie - Institutional Support 2018-2021


AUF - Agence universitaire de laFrancophonie (47046)
2018-03-29 - 2021-04-30
Global Affairs Canada
MFM Global Issues & Dev.Branch

Country / region 

• Africa, regional (41.00%)
• West Indies, regional (2.00%)
• America, regional (11.00%)
• Middle East, regional (10.00%)
• Asia, regional (19.00%)
• Europe, regional (17.00%)


• Education policy and administrative management:
Education policy and administrative management (11110) (24.00%)
Teacher training (11130) (5.00%)
Educational research (11182) (7.00%)
• Secondary Education: Vocational training (11330) (48.00%)
• Post-Secondary Education: Higher education (11420) (5.00%)
• General Environmental Protection: Environmental education/training (41081) (4.00%)
• Other Multisector: Multisector education/training (43081) (7.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (significant objective)
• Youth Issues (principal objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (significant objective)


This grant is Canada's long-term institutional support for the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF). AUF uses these funds, as well as those of other donors, to carry out its mandate and four-year programming (2018-2021). AUF's mandate is to support and promote the cooperation of member academic institutions. It promotes and supports the emergence of new skills for development by supporting the quality and diversity of training, research and governance models within its member institutions. The AUF also promotes the role of universities in the world and offers a space for knowledge and people using the French language to meet. Canada's support for AUF's new programming includes building the capacity of member institutions, promoting better access to quality higher education for learners in the South, and supporting teaching, vocational training and research in disciplines such as environment, economics and management, tropical medicine, primary education and governance.

Expected results 

The expected results as formulated by the AUF include: (1) strengthened quality in training; (2) structured and further developed research in frameworks at national and international level, and increased involvement of member institutions in this process; (3) set up governance structures adapted to new challenges, particularly in terms of quality assurance; (4) intensified dialogue between the academic world and business circles; (5) taking better account, in the provision of initial training, of the socio-economic needs of the local or national environment of member institutions; (6) the development of the culture and practice of entrepreneurship, especially among women; (7) the strengthened contribution of member institutions to economic, social and environmental development; (8) the strengthened contribution of member institutions to linguistic and cultural development, including scientific and technological culture; and (9) the strengthened contribution of member institutions to intercultural development and international openness.

Results achieved 

Among the results obtained by the AUF up to December 2018: (1) 124 projects were carried out to strengthen the quality of university training, research and governance, including support for 57 open and distance learning courses, and support for 78 international research projects; (2) 60 projects targeted the employability and professional integration of graduates by increasing dialogue with business circles, adapting training to local or national socio-economic needs and developing the culture of entrepreneurship; (3) 45 development projects at the global and local levels were carried out through dialogues, festivals and competitions; (4) the development and adoption of a strategy to promote gender equality within the AUF; (5) the opening of seven Campuses of the Nouvel Espace Universitaire Francophone (CNEUF) in several regions of the world; and (6) the implementation of an ambitious programme to strengthen primary and secondary education systems in 26 emerging and developing Francophone countries.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral, core contributions to NGOs and other private bodies / PPPs
Type of aid Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes
Date modified: