The International Development Research Centre and The International Council for Science to collaborate on building capacity for science advice in the developing world

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The International Council for Science (ICSU) has received a 3 year grant on behalf of INGSA from The International Development Research Centre in Canada to deliver a programme of work on “Effective science advice for governments in the developing world.” The provision of science advice for public policy is one of the fastest growing areas of public science endeavours.

Stephen McGurk, VP of Programs and Partnerships at IDRC with Sir Peter Gluckman, Chair of INGSA










In a three year agreement signed between the two agencies earlier this month, IDRC has committed to support INGSA’s work with countries in the Global South to help develop and/or strengthen advisory skills and mechanisms. Specifically the project aims to:

  • deliver a series of regional workshops to build scientists’ capacity to provide advice to governments and to develop the ability of policymakers and public organisations to seek and receive such advice;
  • establish and expand several INGSA regional chapters; and
  • develop and implement a fellowship program to partially support the work of researchers, trainees and mentors (working in environments related to science advice in the Global South).

“IDRC has decades of experience working closely with institutions and researchers in the Global South. Their support of INGSA to help build science advisory capacity will greatly expand our reach and potential; we are delighted to be part of this new partnership” said Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand and founding Chair of INGSA, the International Network for Government Science Advice, which operates under the auspices of ICSU.

View a blog from IDRC on their new partnership with INGSA and “What is required to build capacity for science advice in developing countries?”.

Further details on activities and funding to be made available through this agreement will be announced in the coming weeks. Keep up to date by visiting , following us on twitter (@INGSciAdvice) and signing up for our quarterly newsletter.