Strengthening the capacities of science granting councils in gender and inclusivity

The Science Granting Councils Initiative in sub-Saharan Africa (SGCI) is a multi-donor initiative supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, IDRC, South Africa’s National Research Foundation, and the German Research Foundation. Since its inception in 2015, the Initiative has been strengthening the capacities of science granting councils (SGCs) in 15 countries in sub-Saharan Africa to support research and evidence-based policies that will contribute to their economic and social development.

Specifically, the Initiative is strengthening the ability of participating councils to manage research; design and monitor research programs, and formulate and implement policies based on the use of robust science, technology, and innovation indicators; support knowledge transfer to the private sector; and establish partnerships among councils and with other science system actors. The second phase of the SGCI (SGCI-2), from 2018–2023, is more demand-led and responds to the priorities identified by the councils individually and collectively. It deepens the work towards the four objectives above in addition to promoting the cross-cutting theme of gender equality and inclusivity.

This project will assist participating councils to become more gender-responsive and inclusive organizations that support research and research environments and promote policies and practices in science, technology, and innovation that are gender-transformative and inclusive. This includes identifying capacities and needs of the participating organizations, providing action-based learning opportunities, and developing mechanisms and an evidence base to monitor and evaluate the impact of gender and inclusivity initiatives.

Project ID


Project status



30 months

IDRC Officer

Diakalia Sanogo

Total funding

CA$ 1,735,300


Botswana, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Senegal, South of Sahara, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe


Science Granting Councils Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa

Project Leader

Heidi van Rooyen


Human Sciences Research Council ZA

Institution Country

South Africa

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