NASAC, the Royal Society and Pfizer (US) formed a partnership to build capacity in three national science academies: those of Ghana, Tanzania and Ethiopia. The Programme is flexible to fit each academy’s needs with the Royal Society and NASAC working closely with each academy to maximize and tailor the impact of the Programme to individual country context, whilst Pfizer’s network of expertise in - country will also act as a conduit for wider civic engagement. Workshops and other activities across the three year Programme will specifically focus on fundraising, engaging younger scientists, influencing policy and decision makers, and other critical objectives of an effective academy.
The African Science Academy Development Initiative (ASADI) is a ten-year programme funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and is intended to assist African science academies in capacity building. US National Academies is the programme leader committed to helping their African counterparts to achieve their objectives through capacity building, sharing of resources and experiences.
Through this programme, NASAC member academies are awarded modest grants for capacity building mainly to support improvement in secretariat infrastructure and establishing internet connectivity or purchase IT (Information Technology) equipment. Through the financial support from the IAP - the global network of academies - the capacity building grants are competitively awarded to any of the NASAC member-Academies upon submission of successful funding proposals. The level of funding to support this programme is likely to increase in the upcoming financial year.
NASAC Strategic Action Agenda project (NASAC-The Royal Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs collaboration)
One of the important outcomes of the visit to the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in February 2006 was the Strategic Action Agenda, which was formulated from a number of action items proposed by NASAC members.