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11th Zimbabwe International Research Symposium call for abstracts
16-17 February 2016 at Elephant Hills Hotel, in Victoria Falls. The Government of Zimbabwe recognises entrepeneurs as important contributors to job creation, povert alleviation and economic transformation. While there is common interest in harnessing this potential, the support of targeted and evidence-based strategies to promote growth of the sector in the developing world is required.

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Rwanda hosts 1st National Research and Innovation Workshop
On Friday 22nd January 2016 at HOTEL LEMIGO – KIGALI, the National Commission of Science and Technology (NCST) organized the 1st National Research and Innovation Workshop as a platform for consultations among key stakeholders, with the aim of better understanding of Rwanda’s research and innovation landscape and how best the National Research and Innovation Fund (NRIF) could support the development of research and innovation in Rwanda.

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Initiative to support Africa R&D systems for growth launched [NAIROBI] 
A new, five-year project that aims to strengthen research management systems to boost development in Africa has been launched.

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Initiative to strengthen 16 African science councils launched 
A US$15 million initiative to strengthen science granting councils in Africa held its inaugural forum in the Kenyan capital Nairobi this month. Initially science councils will be supported in 12 countries – Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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First Forum of the Science Granting Councils Initiative in sub-Saharan Africa held
The solutions to Africa’s challenges must be spearheaded by African Science, Technology and Innovation (STI). Public investment in strengthening the capacities of science granting councils in Africa will change the quality, quantity, and impact trajectory of Africa’s STI products and services’ (Dr Beverley Damonse, Acting CEO, National Research Foundation, South Africa).

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link05 Science council collaboration can be challenging- a focus on Africa 
Collaboration between the ‘silos’ that are science councils can be demanding and requires a spirit of engagement that often goes beyond understanding the problems they face, according to Dr Stephen McGurk, vice-president of the programme and partnership branch of the International Development Research Centre, or IDRC.

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