All African science academies affiliated with the ASADI program have developed and finalized strategic plans to formally consider the future course of their institutions. In consultative sessions involving Academy Fellows, senior managers, staff, and stakeholders, ASADI partners have completed visioning exercises to describe the ideal future identity of their organizations, assessments of their institutions current situation (including strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats), definition of each institution's core values, prioritization of strategic goals, development of a roadmap of approaches to achieve strategic goals, and development of methods for tracking progress.
Among the factors considered by many academies in the strategic planning process were the identification of key constituencies for an academy; the development of a service-orientated, advisory role for the academy; the role of the academy membership in supporting an advisory role; the establishment of long-term financial sustainability; the development of effective outreach; and the development of staff.
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The African Science Academy Development Initiative is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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