Cambridge, Mass. — Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) today announced the creation of the Kistefos African Public Service Graduate Fellowship Fund. An $11 million gift from Christen Sveaas, founder, executive chairman, and owner of Norwegian investment firm Kistefos AS has underwritten the fellowship.
The fund will support qualified degree program candidates and executive education program participants from African nations. Kistefos African Public Service Fellows will be committed to at least three years of work in public service following their studies at HKS, with an interest in improving governance and public resources at all levels.
"Education is key for running good governments," said Sveaas. "And I would like to give others the opportunity to get a better education to run public services. It doesn't always seem that democracies work as they should, and I hope my small contribution can help educate the next generation of African leaders."
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