Review of ASADI

Latest Update: 1 December 2014
The US National Academy of Sciences (US NAS) requests the InterAcademy Council to provide a rigorous final evaluation of the African Science Academy Development Initiative (ASADI).
  • Turner T. Isoun
    Former Minister of Science and Technology
    Federal Republic of Nigeria
  • Mostapha Bousmina
    Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology
  • Heide Hackmann
    Executive Director
    International Social Science Council
  • Anne Mills
    London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Mu Rongping
    Director-General and Professor
    The Institute of Policy and Management (IPM), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), The CAS Center for Innovation and Development, and of the CAS Center for IPR Research and Training

ASADI Evaluation. In 2013, the InterAcademy Council (IAC) was requested by the US National Academy of Sciences to conduct an independent, summative evaluation of the African Science Academy Development Initiative (ASADI). ASADI will be evaluated using the objectives and milestones established in the ASADI grant and annual reports. The evaluation will focus on the output and outcomes of investments in the three original “intense” partners (Uganda, Nigeria, and South Africa) as well as the academies in Cameroon and Ethiopia which started to receive substantial investments in 2011. The evaluation will also assess the impact of the annual meetings as a vehicle for achieving the goals of the program. Lessons learned from the perspectives of the US NAS and its African partners concerning the capacity-building processes employed will also be captured. 

The evaluation will employ a consensus committee process involving five individuals with substantial expertise in the provision by academies of independent, evidence-based advice; the African scientific-political context; the evaluation of development programs; the governance of science academies; and the administrative and financial management of small non-profit organizations in Africa. The committee includes representation from more developed regions of the world as well as Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Expert Advice. The InterAcademy Council (IAC) is a multinational organization of science academies created to produce reports on scientific, technological, and health issues related to the great global challenges of our time, providing knowledge and advice to national governments and international organizations. Sound scientific, technological, and medical knowledge is fundamental to addressing critical issues facing the world today – economic transformation and globalization; sustainable use of natural resources; reduction of poverty, hunger, and disease.

Project Status
Final Report
Final text for website ASADI eval.pdf

Enhancing the Capacity of African Science Academies

RELEASE DATE: 30 September 2015


IAC report reviewing ASADI, highlighting the programme's strengths and weaknesses, identifying opportunities and threats for the future of science academies in Africa.

Open Report

Study Requested By

United States National Academy of Sciences

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