Student-led 'Cambridge-Africa' related Links

Examples of charities, societies and/or development-oriented initiatives set up by, or involving Cambridge-University students, with a focus on Africa, are provided below. The Cambridge-Africa Programme interacts with or supports some of these activities. Any other Cambridge University students who would like their Africa-linked activities to be listed here can complete the online notification form



Cambridge students at the African student scholars dinner held at Downing College in May 2013. 




  • Oxbridge Africa Mentorship Programme initiative brings talented African students from Ghana and Nigeria to spend two weeks in Cambridge while visiting interesting places of research, including Oxford. The programme will extend to include more countries over time. For more information, visit their website (, their Facebook page (,  or email

  • African Innovation Prize (AIP) was founded by Cambridge University students in 2010, with the aim of stimulating a culture of entrepreneurship across African universities. AIP encourages African students to generate innovative business ideas and communicate them in under 250 words.The three best ideas from each University then win a prize. AIP also has a business plan challenge, for which African students write and submit full business plans in under 1500 words. Successful participants need to clearly identify and quantify a market niche, as well as build a team to make the idea happen. The best plan also wins an attactive prize. AIP is currently active in several higher education institutions in Rwanda and Sierra Leone, and hopes to expand into other African countries in the future.

  • The African Science Truck Experience (TASTE) idea was initiated by a student at the University of Cambridge. Its aim is to raise enough funds to be able to operate a mobile laboratory which will visit multiple schools in Uganda, to provide students and teachers with interesting and relevant, practical science education in subjects such as chemistry, physics and biology, which are compulsory for O-Level students. There has been considerable interest and support for this idea by the locals and some officials in Uganda. The UK and Ugandan people involved with TASTE are now operating a mobile laboratory in Uganda.

  • African Society of Cambridge University (ASCU): Apart from African researchers visiting Cambridge periodically for training through the THRiVE, MUII and CAPREx initiatives, ~200 students from African countries are currently studying at the University of Cambridge. Approximately 20% are undergraduates, with the others studying for postgraduate qualifications in Departments and Faculties right across the University. Many African postgraduates in Cambridge are supported by scholarships and bursaries administered by the Gates Cambridge Trust, as well as the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust. Prospective students are encouraged to click on these funders' links as well as the prospective graduate and undergraduate students' links for information about funding opportunities. With support from the Cambridge-Africa Programme, in 2013, the African students at the University of Cambridge registered ASCU (African Society of Cambridge University) as a formal society in the University.

  • AidReversed is an initiative to collect ideas on how Europe can learn from Africa, and to make them available to a broad community as well as to decision makers. Europeans as well as Africans have the opportunity to publish their ideas on the website and as a collection of essays in book form. AidReversed was established in September 2012 by two Cambridge University students who believe that African nations can and should benefit from exporting knowledge, just like Europe does.

  • The Cambridge Africa Business Network (CABN) is a Cambridge MBA student and alumni led initiative to promote networking and dialogue about business in Africa. Their mission of CABN is to stimulate a robust dialogue about business, investment and entrepreneurship in Africa, incorporating both practitioner and academic perspectives.

  • The Cambridge Development Initiative was founded in 2013 by Cambridge University students who seek to utilise their skills and experience in implementing innovative and integrated programmes in slum communities in Tanzania. Through programmes in entrepreneurship, public services, and education, they seek to harness the existing unique entrepreneurial spirit of people in the slums, and work with the communities as well as students in nearby universities to help overcome the barriers (such as social exclusion, deprivation of basic rights and public services) that slum dwellers often face. The initiative aims to both bring about real change on the ground in their target communities, whilst giving Cambridge students a chance to work creatively, take initiative and learn how their academic passions relate to real life, thus instilling a sense of global citizenship and responsibility. The Cambridge-Africa Programme is supporting this initiative.

  • The Cambridge International Development Conference (CamIDC) is an annual student-run conference which brings delegates into contact with the thinkers and decision makers at the forefront of international development. From the 2008 economic crash to the revolutions in North Africa, recent crises challenge a development discourse characterised by a focus on stable and sustainable long-term development.

  • The Cambridge University African-Caribbean Society (CUACS) celebrates all aspects of African and Caribbean culture, from social events to exclusive careers and networking opportunities for Cambridge students. Since 2005, CUACS has continued to establish itself not only by providing a social hub for its members, but by generating cultural awareness throughout the university.

  • Education Partnerships Africa (EPAfrica): is a UK charity and East African NGO which works to improve the quality of education for young people in rural Kenya and Uganda. They work in direct partnership with rural secondary schools by equipping disadvantaged schools with a solid resource base. This is achieved by sending UK university students from Cambridge, Oxford, London and, starting in 2013, Manchester University, to work in these schools. The UK students invest directly into resources aimed at improving the quality of education received by the African pupils.

  • Science Resources Africa: Bridget Bannerman, a Cambridge University alumna originally from Sierra Leone in West Africa, has been seeking funding and donations of equipment in Cambridge and elsewhere, to be able to set up scientific exhibitions and workshops in her native Sierra Leone. The Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund is very pleased to have provided some financial support for this worthy cause that Bridget is pioneering, and we thank all Cambridge researchers who have donated laboratory equipment towards the project.