RSIF Pre-Conference:Establishing an endowment fund for building STI capacity in Africa

Sakina Kahindi
30 Aug 2022 0

Science Funding in Africa

The first pan-African science fund of its kind, PASET RSIF has the objective of establishing a permanent fund that can sustainably support applied scientific and engineering research in sub-Saharan Africa universities. RSIF design promises multiplier effects and reduced PhD costs over time, required to substantially increase the stock of highly skilled scientists, professionals and innovators for transformation to a knowledge economy. Join the discussion on ways for the partnership to raise long-term investments in Africa’s science capacities in the post-Covid era – as we consider the proposed modalities for establishing the RSIF permanent fund. Introduction on the rationale and case for a permanent Pan-African science fund

Moderator: Prof. Wole Winston Soboyejo, Provost, Senior Vice President, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Boston

Rapporteur: Prof. Jibrin Mohammed Jibrin, RSIF Coordinator, Bayero University, Kano

• Panelist 1: Dr. Mercy Karanja, Senior Program Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

• Panelist 2: Mrs. Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli (MFR), Co-founder/ Managing Partner, Sahel Consulting

• Panelist 3: Prof. Philip Cotton, Director, Human Capital Development, Mastercard Foundation

• Panelist 4: Mrs. Dora Waruiru, Head of Foundation Cooperative Bank

Comments by:

• Mr. Joel Kibet Molel, Principal Resource Mobilization and Partnerships Officer, African Development Bank

• Mr. Marcel Mballa-Ekobena, Sloan Fellow, London Business School, Investments, Markets and ESG Executive

• Dr. Dorothy Nyambi, President and CEO, MEDA.