Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD), at Dakar (Senegal) is the oldest university in francophone African countries. Starting as a school of medicine in 1918, UCAD progressively upgraded to become a full university in 1959. Since that era, the university has never departed from this regional vocation: it hosts over 100,000 students, coming from 44 different nationalities from all parts of Africa, mainly French, Portuguese, and Arabic speaking. The university has six faculties: law and politics, sciences and technology, medicine and pharmacy, arts and humanities, education, and economics and management, and hosts a variety of specialized schools, mainly in journalism, environment, engineering, and public health. UCAD is one of the leading institutions in higher education in Africa. It is the attraction point of several well qualified students from all over Africa. In the area of Economics and Development analysis and program, it is the focal point of many regional and sub-regional programs. Laboratoire d’Analyse des Politiques de Développement (LAPD) of UCAD is a non-profit institution whose main goal is to promote evidence-based policies in Africa, through capacity building and policy-oriented research and outreach. LAPD is composed mainly of professors for UCAD, and aims to promote evidence-based policies in Africa, through capacity building and policy-oriented research, and outreach.