This globe image is composed of the flags of the seven African nations participating in the African Science Academy Development Initiative. The science academies of Nigeria, Uganda, and South Africa were chosen as the initial focal points for the effort. In addition, strategic-planning grants will be given to the science academies of Cameroon, Senegal, Ghana, and Kenya, as well as the regional African Academy of Sciences.
   
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Nov. 4, 2005
First Annual International Conference For Major Initiative to Develop African Science Academies

NAIROBI, Kenya -- More than 200 leading scientists and policy-makers, primarily from Africa, will gather in Nairobi on Monday for the first annual international conference of the African Science Academy Development Initiative (ASADI), a groundbreaking effort to strengthen African academies' ability to inform government policy-making and public discourse with independent, evidence-based advice. The initiative -- supported by a $20 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and administered by the U.S. National Academies -- will be carried out over the next decade, focusing on efforts to improve human health in Africa. [more]

Feb. 9, 2005
U.S. National Academies Select Partners for Initiative to Develop African Science Academies

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. National Academies have selected the science academies of Nigeria, Uganda, and South Africa as initial focal points for a program to strengthen African scientists' ability to inform government policy-making and public discourse with independent, evidence-based advice. The initiative, supported by a $20 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will be carried out in Africa over the next decade, focusing on efforts to improve human health. [more]

April 19, 2004
National Academies Receive $20 Million from Gates Foundation to Help Build Capacity of African Science Academies

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. National Academies have received a $20 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help African academies of science – and the continent's scientific, engineering, and medical communities as a whole – strengthen their ability to provide evidence-based advice to inform government policy-making and public discourse. The initiative will be carried out over the next 10 years, focusing on efforts to improve human health. Later this year, the U.S. National Academies will select three science academies in Africa as partners for the initiative. [more]


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Raising the Voice of Science in Africa
Originally published in The National Academies InFocus
Summer 2003 Vol. 3 No. 2

Africa gave birth to the human race, and the continent's cultural and ecological diversity is breathtaking. But Africa has enormous needs in areas that require science, engineering, and medical expertise. National academies of science across the continent have worked hard to recognize the contributions and accomplishments of their members. Even so, the groups have little clout in their governments' public-policy debates and have been in existence for only a few decades or less. [more]

 

 

 
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