GloPID-R launches network expansion and welcomes new members
In July 2021, GloPID-R welcomed 3 new members: FONRID (Burkina Faso), FONSTI (Cote d’Ivoire) and NCST (Rwanda). All three are participants in the Science Granting Councils Initiative (SGCI) in Sub-Saharan Africa.
“GloPID-R is currently aiming to attract more members, particularly in regions which are underrepresented at the moment, such as the African continent,” said Hans-Eckhardt Hagen, GloPID-R Scientific and Advocacy Director. “Thus, we are delighted that we can welcome these three new members from Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, and Rwanda to our alliance. We are also grateful to our colleagues from SCGI for having facilitated the initial contact.”
Who they are
FONRID (National Fund for Research and Innovation for Development – Fonds National de la Recherche et de l’innovation pour le développement) – Burkina Faso
FONRID is a government agency, launched in 2011 under the umbrella of the Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation in Burkina Faso. FONRID’s main role is to fund research and innovation projects dealing with all pertinent areas facing the citizens, society, industry and the whole economy of Burkina Faso. Projects in various thematic fields are eligible for funding, i.e. agriculture, health, the humanities, energy, climate and the environment, education, the arts and culture, animal sciences, geology, extension, and other sciences. FONDRID’s key-mission is to contribute, via funding research and innovation, to improving the livelihood conditions of populations and economic development of Burkina Faso. The agency is headed by Dr Hamidou H. Tamboura and is represented by Dr Ali Doumounia as focal point for the GloPID-R partnership.
FONSTI (Fund for Science, Technology and Innovation – Fonds pour la Science, la Technologie et l’innovation) – Cote d’Ivoire
Created in June 2018, FONSTI is a funding body supporting quality research and innovation projects that will have a positive impact on the well-being and development of Cote d’Ivoire’s citizens. It provides support for researchers, teachers, innovators and inventors as well as start-ups. The research projects it focuses on contribute to reducing poverty, improving human health, protecting the environment and ensuring the sustainable management of natural resources in Côte d’Ivoire. FONSTI operates through PASRES (Programme d’Appui à la Recherche Scientifique en Côte d’Ivoire). Dr Yaya Sangare is the Secretary General of FONSTI, and Dr Annette Ouattara is the main contact for the FONSTI-GloPID-R partnership.
NCST (National Council for Science and Technology) – Rwanda
Established in 2017, the National Council for Science and Technology supports the government of Rwanda’s vision to address national priorities that improve the social and economic well-being of its citizens. The core mission of the council is to implement science, technology and innovative R&D programs and to solidify partnerships for Rwanda to become a globally competitive knowledge-based economy. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, NCST has achieved remarkable policy and operationalization outputs through strategic partnerships. Based in Kigali, the NCST is represented by its Executive Secretary, Dr Eugene Mutimura.
You can learn more about the activities of the NCST in the Member News section of this newsletter.
SGCI (Science Granting Councils Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa)
All 3 of these new GloPID-R members participate in the Science Granting Councils Initiative (SGCI) in Sub-Saharan Africa. The SGCI is a multi-funder initiative that contributes to funding and catalyzing research and innovation. It supports research and evidence-based policies, with a focus on strengthening the capacities of science granting councils in Sub-Saharan Africa in order to contribute to the continent’s economic and social development. The 15 organizations that participate in the SGCI are granting councils or agencies with similar mandates in the following countries: Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Ghana, Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe.