Our Partners

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Chemonics International

Chemonics International leads the consortium and RISA Senior Management Team (SMT), provides overall contractual and programme management, and directs the fund delivery expertise based in the Nairobi project office. The Chemonics’ Team Leader and Project Director are responsible and accountable to the FCDO for project delivery and achievement of programme results, supported by the head office project management unit (PMU) providing backstopping support.

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Results 4 Development (R4D)

R4D applies innovation systems expertise to innovation ecosystems strengthening, needs identification and technical advisory in concept development and implementation support for the RISA portfolio, along with specialised expertise from Country Technical Leads (CTLs).

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The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

SOAS applies research systems strengthening expertise to research systems strengthening, needs identification and technical advisory in concept development and implementation support for the RISA portfolio, along with specialised expertise from Country Technical Leads (CTLs).

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IMC Worldwide

IMC Worldwide leads the monitoring, evaluation, adaptation, and learning of the programme, including refining the programme theory of change and developing the results framework and indicators and learning plan for RISA and projects.

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Adam Smith International (ASI)

ASI is a global advisory company that works in partnership with governments, the private sector, and civil society at all stages of development to transform lives by making economies stronger, societies more stable, and governments more effective.

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Burooj Enterprises Pty

Burooj Enterprises is a company based in South Africa that specialises in delivering engineering management solutions to its clients, ranging from aerospace, mining and construction, and pharmaceuticals

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Heritors Labs Ltd

Heritors Labs is a Ghanaian-owned innovation services hub and research centre working at scaling research and development by fostering the conditions for crystallising the role of research and innovation in national development.

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Impact Investing Ghana

Impact Investing Ghana is a private sector led initiative that builds a thriving ecosystem for impact investing in Ghana. Private sector led, yet in close partnership with the national government, Impact Investing Ghana raises awareness, creates market intelligence, changes policies, and mobilizes additional financial resources for public good

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Intini Research & Consulting (Pty) Ltd

Intini Research & Consulting is a strategy and innovation management consulting company based in Pretoria, South Africa. The firm offers advisory and consulting services in innovation management, business strategy, project management with emphasis in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, healthcare technology management, agricultural biotech, and agro-processing industry sectors

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iSpace Foundation

iSpace Foundation is an innovation and technology hub in Accra, Ghana, offering a conducive environment for growth in the start-up ecosystem by providing working space, training, mentoring, access to funding, and other facilities for entrepreneurs and start-ups to launch and manage their business ideas.

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Kenyatta University

Kenyatta University is a public research university established in 1985 with its main campus in Nairobi County, Kenya. Kenyatta University collaborated with Kenya National Innovation Agency (KeNIA) as the primary stakeholder in the Research-2-Commercialisation (R2C) as the body mandated by the Government of Kenya to drive commercialisation of the research agenda.

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The Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA)

KIPPRA is a state corporation mandated to provide quality policy advice to the Government of Kenya and other key stakeholders by conducting policy research and analysis, and through capacity building to contribute to the achievement of national long term development.

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The Mawazo Institute

The Mawazo Institute is a women-led African organisation based in Nairobi, Kenya supporting early-career women researchers as they work to find solutions to local and global development challenges.

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Strathmore University Kenya

Strathmore University is a chartered university based in Nairobi, Kenya. Strathmore College was started in 1961, as the first multi-racial, multi-religious advanced-level sixth form college offering science and arts subjects, by a group of professionals who formed a charitable educations trust (now the Strathmore Educational Trust).

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ViKtoria Ventures

ViKtoria Ventures is a consulting and fund management firm, with a focus on entrepreneurial finance. The firm also manages the Viktoria Business Angels Network (VBAN).

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Kenya National Innovation Agency (KeNIA)

KeNIA is a semi-autonomous Government Agency established by the Science Technology & Innovation Act of 2013. It is housed at the State Department of Youth Affairs within the Ministry of Youth, Sports and the Arts.

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GrowthAfrica

A Pan-African accelerator and entrepreneur support organisation dedicated to accelerating the growth and impact of African entrepreneurs. Founded in 2002 and headquartered in Nairobi, GrowthAfrica has a presence across the continent, with offices in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, and Zambia, and extending its activities to Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Mozambique. 

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Systemic Innovation

A systemic change innovation practice which solves wicked systemic challenges through a collective intelligence model that connects people, ideas, and insights. 

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Technological Higher Education Network South Africa (THENSA)

THENSA represents the collective voice of the Universities of Technology (UoTs) in South Africa. Their key focus is on promoting and advancing Science, Engineer, Arts and Technology Programmes for the world of work.

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The Research Institute for Innovation and Sustainability (RIIS)

RIIS is a specialist Open Innovation firm, focused on facilitating and leading Open Innovation activity in Africa. They have delivered local, regional and international successes for both private and public sector organisations.

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Katapult

Katapult is an investment company focused on highly scalable climate impact tech startups. Their world-class accelerator programmes strengthen investment in startups. Their investments and accelerators are currently organised around three key verticals: Ocean, Climate (land), and Africa.

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The University of Ghana Business School (UGBS)

The UGBS is a premier business school in the sub-region focused on developing world-class human resources and capabilities to meet national development needs and global challenges, through quality teaching, learning, research and knowledge dissemination.

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Internet of Production (IOP) Alliance

The Internet of Production Alliance are a global alliance of people and organisations who believe in a future of production defined by decentralised manufacturing and shared knowledge.

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Accra Technical University (ATU)

ATU is a Technical University specialised in providing competency based practical industrial training, learning and applied research.

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Innovation and Technology Management Office (ITMO) – University of Lagos

The ITMO is responsible for the coordination of transnational incentive works of members of the University community emerging, either from their research and development activities or non-procedural mental capital inventions.

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Entrepreneurial Planning Institute (EPI)

The Entrepreneurial Planning Institute (EPI) is a non-profit organisation drawing on over a century of combined experience in developing & implementing ESD projects & entrepreneurship programmes in South Africa.

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The Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS)

NAS is a national not-for-profit organisation with its membership comprising of distinguished Fellows who are elected through a highly competitive process. NAS, with its combination of expertise and independence, is uniquely positioned to bring scientific knowledge to bear on the policies/strategic direction of the country and is also dedicated to the development and advancement of science, technology, and innovation in Nigeria.

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Technical University of Kenya (TU-K)

The Technical University of Kenya (TU-K) is a new type of university in Kenya, whose mandate shall be to offer higher education and research in technology. The technical university, as a concept, is being created in Kenya with the objective to be a technological force behind the Vision-2030 drive and the general economic development of the nation.

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International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA)

ISAAA is a not-for-profit international organization that shares the benefits of new bioscience technologies to key stakeholders, particularly resource-poor farmers in developing countries, through knowledge sharing, support to capacity building initiatives, and partnerships.

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University of Nairobi

The University of Nairobi, a body corporate established by an Act of Parliament Cap 210 of the Laws of Kenya, is the pioneer institution of University education in Kenya and the region.

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University of Gondar

The University of Gondar is one of the oldest universities in Ethiopia. Established in 1954 as a Public Health College and Training campus Center, the University has steadily grown and evolved into one of the top education institutions in the country today.

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Aybar Engineering

Aybar Engineering PLC is an innovative company that was established to develop and manufacture improved and new agricultural machinery for smallholder farmers.

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Jimma University

Jimma University is a public research university in Ethiopia which is recognised as the leading national university, as ranked first by the Federal Ministry of Education for four successive years (2009 - 2012).

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University of Rwanda

The University of Rwanda is a public collegiate, multi campus university based in Rwanda. Formed in 2013 through the merger of previously independent education institutions, the University of Rwanda is the largest education institution in Rwanda.

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The University of Tourism, Technology and Business Studies

The University of Tourism, Technology and Business Studies is a private High Learning Institution based in Rwanda, aimed at providing quality teaching, learning, research, consultancy and service in the areas of Hospitality, Tourism, Business Studies, Information Technology, Arts and Social Sciences.

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Institute of Applied Sciences

The Institute of Applied Sciences Ruhengeri, or simply INES - Ruhengeri, is a private research university located in Rwanda and it was established on November 17, 2003. 

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