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.
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.