The SGCI implementation strategy involves a significant number of events to facilitate peer learning, training and exchanges. The initiative hosts two flagship meetings annually, the Annual Regional Meeting and the Annual Forum and GRC Regional Consultative Meeting.

Annual Regional Meeting

The Annual Regional Meetings (ARMs) present a unique opportunity for the SGCI to:

Annual regional meetings have been held as follows:
2019: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Host: Ministry of Innovation and Technology (MInT), Ethiopia Focus: Bridging the Gap: STI Policies, Experiences and Economic Impact
2018: Accra, Ghana Host: Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) Focus: Research and Innovation for Job Creation
2017: Pretoria, South Africa Host: National Research Foundation (NRF), South Africa Focus: SADC stakeholder engagement
2016: Kigali, Rwanda Host: East African Science and Technology Commission (EASTECO), the National Council for Science and Technology (NCST), Rwanda Focus: Science, technology and innovation for socio-economic development, regional integration and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

Annual Forum and GRC Africa Regional Consultative Meeting

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 SGCI Annual Forum, and the GRC Africa Regional Consultative Meeting. The SGCI and GRC also use this occasion to implement several value-adding engagements. Collectively, this annual African science granting councils 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 annual forums bring together major key stakeholders from around the world to deliberate and develop interventions in strategic areas of interest to the councils and the wider STI community. They support and strengthen the voices and views of the SGCs, and contribute to key STI policy debates at regional and continental levels. To facilitate the sharing of lessons and good practices, SGCI commissions a state-of-the-art paper on a topic or theme of particular interest for Africa’s development.
2021 Host: Research Council of Zimbabwe (RCZ), Ministry of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology (Botswana), and Fonds National de la Recherche et de l’Innovation pour le Development (FONRID), Burkina Faso Focus: Public Engagement in Research and Innovation for Development
2020 Host: SGCI Focus: Ethics and Integrity in Research and Innovation
2019: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Host: Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology Focus: Open science in research and innovation for development
2018: Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire Host: Programme d'Appui Stratégique à la Recherche Scientifique (PASRES), Côte d'Ivoire Focus: New Approaches for Funding Research and Innovation in Africa
2017: Livingstone, Zambia Hosts: National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), Zambia and the National Commission for Science and Technology (NCST), Malawi Focus: Effective Public-Private Partnerships in Research and Innovation in Africa
2016: Kigali, Rwanda Host: Fundo Nacional De Investigacao (FNI), Mozambique Focus: Investing in Research Excellence in Africa
2015: Swakopmund, Namibia Host: National Commission for Research, Science and Technology (NCRST), Namibia Focus: SGCI implementation strategy

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