African governments make good their pledges for advanced training in applied sciences and technology, as continental demand soars

A total of seven African governments have joined the Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF). In February 2021, the Government of Benin signed an agreement with the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), the Regional Coordination Unit of RSIF, joining Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda and Senegal. Further investments have been provided by the World Bank, the Government of South Korea and the European Union.

"We believe that the objectives of RSIF / PASET are aligned with our strategies for building scientific, technical and innovation capacities in priority areas such as agriculture, environment, energy, digital, infrastructure and health. In addition, the intra-African partnership and that with the other continents as provided for in this program is essential for socio-economic development in Benin and in Sub-Saharan Africa", declares Professor Eléonore YAYI LADEKAN, Minister of Higher Education and of Scientific Research of the Republic of Benin.

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NEWS AND EVENTS

We congratulate RSIF PhD student Emmanuel Kifaro, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania: ILRI CapDev Grand Challenge Winner in the BioSciences Category - 2nd place. He will get 10 months of training, in systems thinking, science communications, public speaking and engagement, negotiation, management and personal development. 

RSIF Project of the Week


RSIF awards competitive research and innovation grants that complement the PhD training at African universities by supporting research that promotes scientific excellence and use of knowledge for development impact. 

Controlling indoor air pollution in Sub-Saharan households. Case study: Rwanda 

Project Title: Real time Assessment of the indoor air pollution in Sub-Saharan households (Case study: Rwanda rural and urban areas)
Grant Type: Research Award
University: University of Rwanda 
Project Leader: 
Dr Frederic Nzanywayingoma
Collaborating partners:  Makerere University, Uganda and Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA)

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Meet Three of RSIF's 82 PhD Scholars

Name: Harriet Sibitenda
Nationality: Ugandan
African Host University: University of Gaston Berger (UGB), Senegal, Africa Centre of Excellence for Mathematics, Informatics and ICT (MITIC)
PASET Thematic Area: ICT including Big Data and Artificial Intelligence
Research Area: Analyzing African social networks data to identify development tracks for Africa

Name: Nduwayezu Anastase 
Nationality: Rwandan 
African Host University: University Félix Houphouët-Boigny (U-FHB), Côte d'Ivoire, Africa Center of Excellence for Climate Change Biodiversity and Sustainable Agriculture (CCBAD)
PASET Thematic Area: Climate Change 
Research Area: The effect of climate change on potato crop: impact on intensity and yield, and farmer perceptions
Name: Safianu Omar
Nationality: Ghanaian
African Host University: University of Rwanda, Africa Centre of Excellence in Internet of Things (ACEIoT) 
PASET Thematic Area: ICT, including big data and artificial intelligence 
Research Area: Post-harvest loss management of grain crops with data fusion and big data analytics
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