World Bank and icipe to conduct a Technical Implementation and Review Mission for Rsif

Sakina Kahindi
24 Oct 2023 0

The World Bank, icipe and members of the Partnership for skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering, and Technology (PASET) Executive Board will conduct a technical Implementation Support Mission (ISM) from 25-26 October 2023 at icipe Duduville Campus (and online) in Nairobi, Kenya, to review implementation progress of the Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (Rsif).

The ISM aims to i) Review the progress of each Rsif component including Rsif PhD scholarships, research and innovation grants, and other crosscutting capacity building and implementation issues and identify any emerging challenges; ii) Review fiduciary and safeguards aspects of the project; and iii) Review progress towards achieving each indicator in the results framework.

Rsif, the flagship program of the PASET, which aims at fostering competencies and skills to support the growth of key economic sectors and drive Africa’s socio-economic transformation. The Rsif program focuses on building high-quality training, research, and innovation environments, as well as developing institutional capacity in SSA to benefit the entire region. It also supports PhD students, post-doctoral scientists, and universities in SSA, with the goal of advancing research and innovation in priority economic sectors.

Through the support of African governments, the World Bank, the Government of Korea, and the European Union through the ACP Innovation Fund, Rsif has 253 active PhD scholars, 29 international partner institutes (IPIs) and 15 African Host Universities (AHUs), which host Rsif-sponsored PhD scholars in designated PhD programs within the universities in the areas of data science and artificial intelligence, food security and agribusiness, energy including renewables, mining, minerals and materials science and climate change. Rsif has supported 31 research projects and 18 innovation projects in the various AHUs as well as 9 digital innovation projects for agriculture through the EU funded AGriDi project.

The World Bank, icipe and its partners will also conduct visits to selected African host Universities (AHUs) in November 2023, to meet with students, staff and the private sector to review research and innovation grant projects financed through Rsif and pay courtesy calls to the Vice-Chancellors of these universities.

The visit is a significant step towards achieving PASET’s goal of promoting socio-economic transformation in sub-Saharan Africa through the strengthening of applied sciences, engineering, and technology; and also serves as an opportunity for stakeholders to interact and discuss the progress and challenges of implementing the program.

The Rsif program is currently funded by African governments, the World Bank, the Government of Korea, and the European Union through the ACP Innovation Fund. It is managed by the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Nairobi, Kenya, serving as the Rsif Regional Coordinating Unit (RCU). With the aim of establishing the first Africa-led Pan-African science fund, Rsif invites additional funders and partners to join this important initiative.

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Contact: Rsif Regional Coordination Unit Phone: 254 (20) 8632000