ICSU signs agreement with Sida to support African sustainability research

08 Jun 2016
ICSU signs agreement with Sida to support African sustainability research

As part of its mission to support integrated, solutions-oriented science globally, the International Council for Science (ICSU) has signed a 5-year agreement with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) for a five million Euro programme to strengthen research capacity for sustainability in Africa.

The programme, which ends in December 2020, will be delivered by ICSU in conjunction with its Regional Office for Africa (ICSU ROA) based in Pretoria, South Africa, the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) based in Nairobi, Kenya, and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) based in Paris, France.

By providing support for integrated research projects on global sustainability across Africa, the programme seeks to develop the potential of next-generation scientists in Africa in producing and communicating policy-relevant knowledge.

The programme will provide two-year collaborative research grants with a thematic focus on global environmental change, disaster risk reduction, sustainable energy, human health and well-being in urban environments and related nexus issues. ICSU’s co-sponsored international research programmes - Future EarthIntegrated Research on Disaster Risk, and Health and Wellbeing in the Changing Urban Environment - will provide an overall thematic framing for the programme’s activities. The programme will also promote the integration of gender and poverty reduction concerns.

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