Effective partnerships and collaborations to support and facilitate research and innovation, using a multiplicity of strategies are critical components
in enhancing regional competitiveness. For Africa, these are crucial for and enhanced by the African Union's Agenda 2063, and its Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Strategy (STISA 2024), as juxtaposed within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). African science granting councils (SGC), intermediaries in the science-policy nexus, disburse public financing for research and innovation, as a primary function, and should develop and sustain partnerships in order to advance the internationalisation of the knowledge enterprise.
Annually, since 2015, African science granting councils host a series of strategic engagements to support partnership building, sharing of practices, and networking amongst themselves and with other science system actors within and outside the African continent. Chief amongst the series of events are the Science Granting Councils Initiative (SGCI) in sub-Saharan Africa Annual Forum and the Global Research Council (GRC) Africa Regional Meeting. In 2018, these meetings are hosted by Programme d'Appui Stratégique à la Recherche Scientifique (PASRES), Côte d'Ivoire.
The SGCI will host its Annual Forum in partnership with the New Partnership for Africa's Development (AU/NEPAD), the African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS) and the Scinnovent Centre, with two additional parallel workshops focused on: monitoring, evaluation and learning; and research management, the latter presented by the Southern Africa Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA), an SGCI collaborating technical agency (CTA). The GRC Africa Regional Meeting is hosted in partnership with South Africa's National Research Foundation (NRF). As is tradition on the occasion of hosting the prominent events, several value adding engagements will also be implemented. The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and NRF will co-host a dialogue on partnerships for impact; and PASRES will host an additional forum on science, research and gender and an academic symposium on photovoltaic solar energy.
Collectively, this annual African science granting councils week leverage partnerships and existing networks to catalyse conversations and actions that support the strategic implementation of SGC mandates; and regional and international cooperation.
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