Strengthening engineering ecosystems in sub-Saharan Africa

This project responds to the significant gaps that exist in advanced training and research in applied science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in sub-Saharan Africa. Skills in these fields are often either lacking or students are not well equipped for the national or regional job market.

Five pilot projects across sub-Saharan Africa, selected through an open competition and an independent review panel, will explore ways in which engineering research and education in Africa can be strengthened. The five projects touch on various aspects related to how STEM training and research can more effectively achieve social and economic impact throughout the region. These projects are:

• Product design in the engineering curriculum (Nigeria)
• Building capacity in water engineering in East Africa to support the Sustainable Development Goals (Tanzania)
• Supporting leading innovations in water resources management (Ghana)
• University co-op programs in East Africa (Tanzania)
• Supporting STEM research cultures in Africa: Building institutional capacity for computing research (Kenya)

Project leaders will contribute to regional and global understanding by studying their national or sub-regional engineering “ecosystem” and by reflecting on their projects. They will collectively build a new field of expertise on engineering on the continent, namely through the lens of engineering education and innovation systems. By sharing best practices and lessons learned, they will explore common issues such as the lack of women in engineering, barriers to university-industry partnerships, and challenges in career pathways for engineers.

Project ID

108883

Project status

Active

Duration

36 months

IDRC Officer

Matthew Wallace

Total funding

CA$ 1,593,350

Countries

North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South of Sahara, Tanzania, Uganda

Program

Foundations for Innovation

Project Leader

Matthew Harsh

Institution

Cal Poly Corporation

Institution Country

United States

Institution Website

http://www.calpolycorporation.org

Project Leader

Gussai Sheikheldin

Institution

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION POLICY RESEARCH ORGANIZATION

Institution Country

Tanzania

Project Leader

Kwame Agyeman-Prempeh Agyekum

Institution

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi

Institution Country

Ghana

Project Leader

Victor Kongo

Institution

Tanzania Water Partnership

Institution Country

Tanzania

Institution Website

http://www.gwp.org

Project Leader

Omotayo Fakinlede

Institution

Nigerian Academy of Engineering (Limited by Guarantee)

Institution Country

Nigeria

Institution Website

http://www.nae.org.ng