Recalibrating Rwanda's Research And Innovation Engagement

Recalibrating Rwanda’s Research And Innovation Engagement

KIGALI: A number of regional research projects were funded by Science Granting Councils Initiative (SGCI) in close collaboration with national granting councils from four African countries including Rwanda in strengthening science, research and innovation systems. The SGCI as a multi-funder initiative was launched in 2015 with the overall goal of strengthening the capacities of national science granting councils (SGCs) in 15 participating sub-Saharan African countries including Rwanda through support for research and evidence-based policies that contribute to the social and economic development goals.

The implementation of these projects are in line with the 2020 Rwanda’s national science, technology and innovation policy which seeks to mobilize investments in STI to have an increasing impact on business and industry. Prior to these interventions, the Rwandan government was the major funds provider for research which was mostly funded through regular budget support without a consolidated monitoring framework to measure the volume of national R& D expenditure and assessment of their impact on development.