SGCI Forum: Investing in research excellence in Africa

November 16, 2016

The Science Granting Councils Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa (SGCI) will hold their Annual Forum on November 24–25 in Maputo, Mozambique. The Forum provides an opportunity to science granting councils to interact with other key science, technology, and innovation (STI) system actors such as universities, the private sector, and policymakers.

The theme for this year’s forum is “Investing in research excellence in Africa” and is co-organized by the African Union Commission-New Partnership for Africa’s Development (AUC-NEPAD), SGCI, and Mozambique’s Fundo Nacional de Investigação (National Research Fund). The countries participating in the forum are Botswana, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Annual Forums provide an opportunity for heads of science granting councils, senior staff, and other stakeholders to come together to share evidence, experiences, and lessons learned. The Forum will also provide an opportunity to contribute to STI policy debates to further the implementation of the African Union Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa 2024 (STISA-2024). The Strategy was developed in 2014 as part of the AU Agenda 2063, and places STI at the epicentre of the continent’s socio-economic development.

SGCI is a five-year Initiative that seeks to strengthen capacities of science granting councils in eastern, southern, central, and western Africa to support research and evidence-based policies that will contribute to economic and social development. Science granting councils are expected to become lead champions for strong national innovation systems, which are the precursors for transformation to knowledge-based African economies.

For more information, visit the Science Granting Councils Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa (SGCI) website.