Leading Integrated Research for Agenda 2030 in Africa programme (NASAC-ICSU-Sida-ICSU ROA and ISSC Collaboration)

In 2016, the International Council for Science (ICSU) signed a 5-year agreement with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) for a 5 million euro programme. This programme will catalyse the generation and use of new intergrated policy-relevant scientific knowledge in Africa needed to address the complexsustainabilty challenges in the region.
The programme, which ends in December 2020, will be implemented by ICSU in conjunction with its Regional Office for Africa (ICSU ROA) based in Pretoria, South Africa, the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) based in Nairobi, Kenya and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) based in Paris, France.


NASAC-German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina Collaboration

Since  September 2011 NASAC and Leopoldina are cooperating in a three-year project funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). The goals of cooperation are to strengthen the network of African academies, invigorate the dialogue between science and policy in Africa, and strengthening contacts between African and German scientists working in policy-relevant scientific research.


Capacity building grants programme (NASAC-IAP collaboration)

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.

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Our Mandate

The Network of African Science Academies aspires to act as an independent African forum that brings together Academies of Sciences in Africa to discuss scientific aspects of challenges of common concern, to make common statements on major issues relevant to Africa and to provide mutual support to member Academies. Drawing from this, NASAC aims to specifically facilitate the provision of advice to governments and regional organizations on scientific aspects of pertinent issues to Africa 's development through science academies.


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