This year’s theme, “Effective public-private partnerships in research and innovation in Africa” will explore the role of SGCIs (as government intermediaries) in catalyzing and facilitating partnerships to stimulate investments in research and innovation. The Forum will be co-hosted by Zambia’s National Science and Technology Council and Malawi’s National Commission for Science and Technology, along with the African Union’s New Partnership for Africa’s Development, on November 22-23 in Livingstone, Zambia.
The SGCI Annual Forums are an opportunity to contribute to science, technology, and innovation policy debates and to advance the implementation of the African Union Science, Technology, and Innovation Strategy for Africa 2024. Developed in 2014 as part of the African Union’s Agenda 2063, the Strategy places science, technology, and innovation at the epicentre of the continent’s socio-economic development.
The SGCI is a five-year initiative that promotes and strengthens the capacities of science granting councils in order to strengthen national science systems and drive nationally-led research that contributes to development in sub-Saharan Africa. The intention is that these SGCs will become champions for strong national innovation systems — the precursors for transformation to knowledge-based African economies. The countries participating in the SGCI are Botswana, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.