Science Diplomacy Awards recognize outstanding achievements in South Africa’s international science, technology, and innovation (STI) cooperation, as well as global contributions toward harnessing STI for international peace, solidarity, and sustainable development. SGCI won the award in the category of STI partnerships for making an outstanding contribution to advancing African regional cooperation, integration, and development.
SGCI was recognized for its work with 15 public funding agencies in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as several science and technology policy and practice organizations within and outside Africa. SGCI is a five-year, CA$13.9 million initiative jointly funded by IDRC, the U.K.’s Department for International Development, and South Africa’s National Research Foundation. Its aim is to strengthen the capacities of science granting councils in order to support research and evidence-based policies that will contribute to economic and social development.
South Africa’s Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, presented the award to IDRC’s Director of Technology and Innovation Naser Faruqui, and to Sepo Hachigonta and Dorothy Ngila of the National Research Foundation South Africa on behalf of the funding partners.