The HED Model
A new rural health clinic can make a big difference quickly. However, without trained professionals to care for the people and equipment year after year, the clinic can provide little long-term help to the farmers and herdsmen it is meant to serve.
Numerous recent studies show that, for lasting results, technology transfer must be accompanied by capacity-building in education and research. By forming relationships between U.S. institutions and institutions in developing countries, HED partnerships build human and institutional capacity to create positive change and meet development needs.
The key to sustainable development, economic growth and wealth creation is a critical mass of well-qualified local scientists, engineers, teachers and other professionals. HED partnerships help build that critical mass by investing in activities that foster the skills and knowledge people in developing countries need to participate in and contribute to economic growth.
Matching Know-How with Needs
HED supports U.S. higher education’s efforts to address global challenges through institution-to-institution partnerships. Together, the U.S. and host-country institutions work together to address a development issue. It may be water management and conservation in Burkina Faso, Jordan, or Ethiopia. In Haiti or Russia, perhaps it’s business practices and accounting. In Guyana and Bahrain, partners have trained journalists. In Morocco, partners are teaching diagnostic skills to automotive mechanics. The partnerships improve equity, expand access, and strengthen institutions’ capacity not only to address today’s issues but also to provide relevant, high-quality education and training for the future.
Institutions become involved by responding to an HED Request for Application (RFA). A rigorous peer-review process serves to evaluate and rank proposals according to uniform criteria. Successful applicants obtain an award to realize their proposals—with HED alongside to offer guidance and support, monitor progress, and measure success. At the partnership’s close, partner institutions, faculty, and students go forward enriched with improved skills, better information, and a greater understanding of their academic disciplines, as well as of the world we share.