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About the Regional Office for Africa

At the 27th ICSU General Assembly which was held in Brazil in September 2002, it was decided to establish four ICSU Regional Offices for the developing world (i.e. sub-Saharan Africa, Asia & the Pacific, Latin America & the Caribbean and the Arab Region) and Africa was first to establish its Regional Office which is hosted by the NRF in Pretoria (South Africa).

Role of the Regional Office for Africa


The ICSU Regional Office for Africa (ICSU ROA), inaugurated on 1st of September 2005, endeavours to ensure that the voice of African scientists influence the international science agenda and that scientists from Africa are fully involved in international research programmes guided by regional priorities. ICSU ROA promotes the participation of African scientists, organisations and institutions in the programmes and activities of the ICSU family and its partners on the continent.



  • To assist ICSU and its members in their strategic planning for activities in Africa and ensure that their plans and activities are well linked to the science community in the region, relevant networks and organisations and reflect Africa's priorities;
  • To facilitate the expansion and active membership of ICSU to institutions in the African countries, where ICSU does not yet exist.
  • To provide support and help with co-ordination, if needed, to scientific networks in the region and initiate new networks, where this has been identified as a regional priority; and assist the ICSU family in identifying scientists for membership of committees;
  • To facilitate the free flow of scientists and scientific knowledge across the borders; and promote the participation of African scientists in activities of the ICSU family and its associated partners such as UNESCO, TWAS and NEPAD;
  • To ensure efficient information transfer from ICSU and its family members to the scientific community in Africa; and the collection and dissemination of any valuable scientific information for Africa;
  • To promote and facilitate capacity building in Africa, including support for post-graduate training programmes for young scientists; and the procurement of educational and research facilities;
  • To promote and facilitate the mobility of African scientists within the continent; including organization of regional and international interdisciplinary science programmes; conferences; and the exchange of professional visits;
  • To promote and facilitate the development of indigenous and traditional knowledge and skills;
  • To promote and facilitate the formation of scientific societies and academies within the continent; sub-regional partnerships on the continent; and the establishment of a database of African experts in all science fields;
  • To promote the principle of universality of science and science ethics; and
  • To promote and facilitate the application of science for accelerated socio-economic development of the African continent.

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