The African Union's Agenda 2063 and its Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Strategy for Africa (STISA 2024), as juxtaposed within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), provide the framework for developing and enhancing strong strategic partnerships in support of STI on the African continent. Science granting councils (SGCs) in Africa disburse public funding for research and innovation as a primary function, and are building and sustaining partnerships to advance an internationally competitive knowledge enterprise.
Since 2015, the African SGCs have hosted an annual series of high-level dialogues and engagements to strengthen partnerships, share experiences and practices on a range of emerging topics, and network amongst themselves and with other science system actors within and outside the African continent.
Chief among this annual series of events are the Science Granting Councils Initiative (SGCI) in sub-Saharan Africa Annual Forum, and the Global Research Councils (GRC) Africa Regional Meeting. In 2019, these meetings are hosted by the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH). The SGCI will host its Annual Forum in partnership with the African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS) and the Scinnovent Centre, with an additional session on monitoring, evaluation, and learning. In partnership with South Africa's National Research Foundation (NRF), COSTECH will co-host the GRC Africa Regional Meeting. The SGCI and GRC will partner to host a session on gender and inclusivity. As is tradition on the occasion of hosting these prominent events, several value-adding engagements will also be implemented. The United Kingdom's Department of International Development (DFID) will host the Knowledge Systems and Innovation (KSI) session; the International Research for Development Funders Forum (IRDFF) 2019 meeting will take place; and the NRF and Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY) will be presenting the second Peer Learning for Emerging Researchers' Knowledge and Advancement Programme (PERKA) convening.
Collectively, this annual African SGCs week leverages partnerships and existing networks to catalyse conversations and actions that support the strategic implementation of SGC mandates, and regional and international cooperation.
The German Research Foundation (DFG) has joined as an associate funder, their collective contribution to the initiative will play a vital role in the success of the Science Granting Councils Initiative as a whole.
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