The Science Granting Councils Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa (SGCI)


The Science Granting Councils Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa (SGCI) ( has been recognised with a Science Diplomacy Award during South Africa’s 2017 Science Forum (

The SGCI brings together three major partners – the UK’s DFID, Canada’s IDRC and South Africa’s National Research Foundation – with 15 public funding agencies in Anglophone, Lusophone and Francophone Africa and 13 science and technology policy and practice think tanks within and outside Africa in contributing significantly to the strengthening of capacities of public funding agencies in Africa in order to support research and evidence-based policies for economic and social development.

The SGCI was initiated during 2014 as a five-year partnership investment, and is attracting interest from other development partners based on its success.

The award by Minister Naledi Pandor, Minister of Science and Technology of South Africa, was received by Mr Naser Faruqui, Director of Technology and Innovation, IDRC; and Sepo Hachigonta and Dorothy Ngila of the NRF South Africa on behalf of the SGCI family.