APHRC receives a $15 million gift from MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett 

March 23, 2022

Nairobi (23rd March 2022) — APHRC, a leading research, and policy think tank headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, has received a US $ 15 million gift from MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett. This gift comes as the Center celebrates 20 years of successful operations in Africa, producing locally relevant research evidence as a transformational tool for improving lives on the continent. 

“African institutions are most relevant in generating authentic and locally sensitive knowledge that can speed up the continent’s transformation. To be recognized and gifted for the excellent work implemented over the last 20 years is an honor. We are glad and very thankful to MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett for this kind gesture. At APHRC, we are committed to tangible and meaningful social transformation through our work on health and development. This generous gift will deepen our work, open new partnerships, and strengthen the Center’s financial sustainability,” said Mr. Bunmi Makinwa, Board Chair, APHRC.

The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated the need for African institutions to take the lead and build a robust evidence-informed decision-making ecosystem. As a leading research institution on the continent, this grant will help APHRC deepen its research and partnerships with African policymakers and nurture the next generation of African research leaders. 

“I am thrilled, humbled, and grateful. This generous gift could not have come at a better time as we launch our 2022-2026 Strategic Plan with a bold vision to transform lives in Africa through research. The no-strings-attached funding will help us deepen our impact models while contributing to a strengthened R&D ecosystem in Africa,” stated Dr. Catherine Kyobutungi, Executive Director, APHRC.


The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is the continent’s premier research institution and think tank, exploring population, health, and well-being questions. Headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, and with a West Africa Regional Office (WARO) in Dakar, Senegal, the Center seeks to drive change with evidence led by a growing cadre of research leaders from across sub-Saharan Africa.

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