The National Research Foundation (NRF) through the Science Granting Councils Initiative in sub-Saharan Africa (SGCI) co-hosted a prominent pre-event to the 2018 Next Einstein Forum in Kigali, Rwanda on Pan-African Initiatives for Research Capacity Building. The workshop was co-hosted by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and Rwanda’s National Council for Science and Technology (NCST).
The workshop highlighted contributions to the scientific endeavour by Pan-African initiatives in the public, academic, not-for-profit, and private sectors; and contributed to ongoing conversations and actions on funding for research and innovation in Africa. As they engage in effective national and international strategic partnerships, these topics are especially beneficial for SGCs in Africa.
Outcomes from the deliberation were presented as a formal statement to the NEF Ministerial meeting, with participation of South Africa’s Minister of Science and Technology.
Since 2015, the SGCI has enabled an innovative multi-country and multi-year approach to institutional capacity strengthening in Africa. With investments from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and South Africa’s (NRF) the SGCI aims to strengthen capacities of publicly funded science granting councils or their equivalents in 15 African countries to support research and evidence-based policies that will contribute to economic and social development in Africa.
Attended by 70 prominent participants, representation included senior delegates from inter alia UNESCO, the US National Science Foundation (NSF), the International Council for Science, the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA), RUFORUM, AWARD, the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), the ACU, the AIMS Global Secretariat, as well as Rwanda’s Minister of Education.