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Strengthening the capacities of science granting councils in gender and inclusivity

The Science Granting Councils Initiative in sub-Saharan Africa (SGCI) is a multi-donor initiative supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, IDRC, South Africa’s National Research Foundation, and the German Research Foundation. Since its inception in 2015, the Initiative has been strengthening the capacities of science granting councils (SGCs) in 15 countries in sub-Saharan Africa to support research and evidence-based policies that will contribute to their economic and social development.

Specifically, the Initiative is strengthening the ability of participating councils to manage research; design and monitor research programs, and formulate and implement policies based on the use of robust science, technology, and innovation indicators; support knowledge transfer to the private sector; and establish partnerships among councils and with other science system actors. The second phase of the SGCI (SGCI-2), from 2018–2023, is more demand-led and responds to the priorities identified by the councils individually and collectively. It deepens the work towards the four objectives above in addition to promoting the cross-cutting theme of gender equality and inclusivity.

This project will assist participating councils to become more gender-responsive and inclusive organizations that support research and research environments and promote policies and practices in science, technology, and innovation that are gender-transformative and inclusive. This includes identifying capacities and needs of the participating organizations, providing action-based learning opportunities, and developing mechanisms and an evidence base to monitor and evaluate the impact of gender and inclusivity initiatives.

Project ID
109468
Project Status
Active
Duration
30 months
IDRC Officer
Diakalia Sanogo
Total Funding
CA$ 1,735,300.00
Location
Botswana
Burkina Faso
Ethiopia
Ghana
Ivory Coast
Kenya
Malawi
Mozambique
Namibia
Rwanda
Senegal
South of Sahara
Tanzania
Uganda
Zambia
Zimbabwe
Programs
Education and Science
Science Granting Councils Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa
Institution Country
South Africa
Project Leader
Heidi van Rooyen
Institution
Human Sciences Research Council ZA

Outputs

Brief

Summary of the rapid review of representations of and actions on gender & inclusivity (G&I) in the Science Granting Council Initiative : phase one project document

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Strengthening gender and inclusivity in the national system of science, technology, and innovation (STI) : Malawi country profile

Brief

Strengthening gender and inclusivity in the national system of science, technology, and innovation (STI) : Namibia country profile

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Strengthening gender and inclusivity in the national system of science, technology, and innovation (STI) : Botswana country profile