Future Africa Team Visits New York to Strengthen Science Partnerships

Dr Heide Hackmann, Director of Future Africa, and Dr Farai Kapfudzaruwa, Research, and Partnership Manager, recently travelled to New York to strengthen existing partnerships with key stakeholders to advance and promote African Science worldwide. 

During their visit, the Future Africa team engaged with the South African Permanent Representative to the United Nations (SA PR to the UN), United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), and Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY).

The partnership with UNDESA and the SA PR to the UN aims to leverage Future Africa’s influence as a pan-African research platform, to elevate the collective voice of African science in the global arena and strengthen its capacity.

Discussions centred on Future Africa’s role in providing technical support in the development of the STI Coalition for Africa – an initiative established to give a voice and emphasis to African Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) priorities in the UN General Assembly. To strengthen this collaboration, Future Africa, UNDESA, and the SA PR to the UN will co-host a side event during the UN STI Forum in May this year.

Furthermore, talks with CCNY aimed to expand the partnership's scope, extending support for leadership training and research to the next generation of African researchers.


Discussions with UNDESA representatives
Dr Heide Hackmann, Ambassador Mathu Joyini (Permanent Representative of South Africa to the UN in New York), and Dr Farai Kapfudzaruwa.
The Future Africa team with Dame Louise Richardson, President of Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY)