Andrea Johnson – Carnegie Corporation of New York
Maria Teresa Bejarano – Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)
Alphonsus Neba – African Academy of Sciences (AAS)
Dr. Evelyn Gitau – Director, Research Capacity Strengthening – APHRC
The changing nature of development agendas and priority areas has constantly demanded for evidence to inform decisions taken and innovative ideas on how to address related needs. It is for this reason that the demand for scientific research has globally increased, with greater recognition of the need for informed decisions in determination of development agendas. This is even more critical in the Sub-Saharan African (SSA) region with more than 80% of its countries ranked as low and middle income countries (LMIC).
The demand for research in the SSA region has steadily increased over the last two decades. According to a World Bank Report, the quantity and quality of research outputs from the region have increased, however, it account for less than 1% of the world’s research output, which is far below the African global population proportion of 12%. Being the epitome of higher education, doctoral training has a critical role to play in building the capacity of researchers and increasing the quality of research, for greater impact on the development of the region.
The growing demand for quality research and doctoral training equally demands for greater investment in research and research capacity strengthening strategies within the SSA region. Consequently, African institutions, governments and development partners have a critical role to play in prioritizing and investing in research and research capacity strengthening.
There have been numerous development partners’ efforts to strengthen research and research capacities in Africa in the midst of low research outputs in the SSA region. The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) has nonetheless made great strides in research and doctoral training in Africa – thanks to the great investments made into it by various funders.
The goal of this webinar is to enlighten existing and potential grantees on the funding landscape in Africa, detailing out priority areas; expectations of funders; how to recognize a suitable funder for a project; what funders look for in a potential grantee; and pitfalls to be aware of prior to and during a grant period.
 World Bank Group (2014). A report by the World Bank and Elsevier on ‘A decade of development in Sub-Saharan African Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Research.