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).
Following the first African Higher Education Summit held in Dakar, Senegal in March 2015, the African Union Commission (AUC) established a Committee of 10 Heads of State as African Champions of Education, Science and Technology and endorsed President Macky Sall of Senegal as the first coordinator of the group. This resolution is in line with earlier commitments recognising the importance of education to strengthen science for development on the continent as outlined in the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA 2024).
As side-events to the seminal US-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington DC, the leadership of the US National Academies, the National Research Foundation of South Africa, and the Carnegie Corporation of New York co-hosted leaders from the African science academies, national research foundations and their partners.
In collaboration with the Regional University Forum for Capacity Building in Africa (RUFORUM) and the Carnegie Corporation, the NRF co-hosted an ancillary event on high level human capital development in the agriculture and life sciences during the RUFORUM Biennial Conference in Maputo from 21 to 25 July 2014. The side-event attracted more than 70 delegates, including Vice-Chancellors from African Universities, development partners, scholars and representatives from the African Union, including the Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology, Dr Ezin.