Created by an experienced team of scientists, professionals, African and global partners who have established a series of major science initiatives across the continent, SFA Foundation is revolutionising approaches to advance the development of science and innovation on the continent. It is implementing major science programmes, including the Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science Africa (DELTAS Africa); the Grand Challenges Africa (GC Africa) programme; Open Research Africa (ORA) and Public Engagement with Science, among others. SFA Foundation supported scientists drive locally relevant and high-quality research impacting on science, policy and practice in Africa and contributing to improved health and development on the continent and globally. For the research to impact policy and practice, there needs to be visibility and uptake of science. To enable this, the Foundation is showcasing the impact of science in collaboration with key stakeholders including the African scientific community and national, regional and global partners.
Additionally, science news has always struggled to compete with politics, sports and entertainment for public attention and perhaps most alarmingly, this trend away from dedicating resources to science journalism, coincides with an era where the public’s understanding of truth, trustworthiness, and responsible communication has been upended due to varying forces. Thus, less professional science journalism has left a void that is filled with disinformation and misinformation, resulting in the sad fact that actual data and logical, compelling analysis don’t always prevail in public discourse. The SFA Foundation sees science communication as an avenue for reaching audiences with a clear and credible message that will not only improve understanding of science but also the visibility of science done on the continents and, in turn, the scientists who conduct the science.
Ultimately, the SFA Foundation’s science communication is geared at:
Accompanying activities that are therefore specifically designed to showcase science on the continent are the:
The Africa Science Journalism Awards (ASJA) seek to uplift credible health, science and development reporting. The awards recognise and honour excellent reporting on science and innovation in Africa and also aim to improve and increase coverage of science on the continent. The ASJA is a project of SFA Foundation implemented with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The ASJA are given to
Established in 2018, the DELTAS Africa Science Communications Network provides a platform for DELTAS Africa consortia to network, share ideas and collaborate on improving the visibility of the initiative. We are dedicated to accelerating the impact of science and innovation in Africa by powering and spearheading a creative, informative science communication agenda. The DELTAS Africa network will in time be expanded into a pan African science communications network with communications professionals initially from across all our programmes and from the African continent and beyond.
The evolution of the network will ensure organised, sustained, meaningful engagement and consistent communication for SFA Foundation programmes and involve communication leads from the SFA Foundation grantees and programmes.