Research grants to fund 30 innovative projects across Africa

News Release

August 18, 2011

Waterloo, Canada – August 18 – Thirty scholars have been selected out of 352 applications to conduct research in 18 African countries as part of the Africa Initiative’s Research Program.

Topics that will be researched by Africans and Canadians include:

  • Strengthening health information systems and health policy through the use of  mobile technology
  • Assessment of cancer registries, cancer epidemiology and cancer genomics in East Africa
  • Migration, reproduction and child health in Ghana
  • Farmers’ rights and seed sovereignty in South Africa
  • Climate change, food (in)security and the land grab syndrome in Africa
  • United Nations certification in post-conflict elections in Cote d’Ivoire

“Through this funding, we’re supporting research that will address substantive challenges facing African countries,” said Thomas Kwasi Tieku, lead researcher for the Africa Initiative.

The recipients of the research grants are evenly divided between African-based and Canadian-based researchers, with all supported field-based research taking place in Africa. The short-listed proposals were reviewed by the Africa Initiative’s Editorial Review Panel, made up of distinguished international experts.

“We gave special consideration to projects that aim to develop innovative policy, collect data that can be used by policy-makers in Africa, and answers questions that are amenable to cross-national comparison,” Tieku said. “We received a number of excellent proposals from African and Canadian scholars, and encourage applicants to re-apply during our next round of submissions.”

Assessment criteria for judging applications were based on Canada’s Social Science Council, America’s Social Science Research Council and the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa. For details about the Africa Initiative's Research Program, please visit: or contact Thomas Kwasi Tieku, lead researcher for the Africa Initiative, at [email protected].


Kevin Dias, Communications Specialist, CIGI                                                                                       

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