Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Member Organization (SSARMO)

The Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Member Organization (SSARMO) includes 17 African countries* who are participating in the Science Granting Councils Initiative (SGCI) in Sub-Saharan Africa – a multi-partner, multi-institutional initiative established in 2015 aimed at strengthening institutional capacities of Science Granting Councils in the region.

Main areas of collaboration:

Overcoming challenges to sustainable renewable energy in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Projecting demographic change in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Advancing the methods of systems analysis

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Improving water and food security in Sub-Saharan Africa and the wider region

The regional membership application was made in response to a statement of the 98th IIASA Council meeting in June 2021, which conceptualized a regional membership model aimed at bringing together multiple countries within a region, who are facing similar challenges, but may not have the means or capacity as individual countries to join IIASA as national members.

* Botswana, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe


IIASA Connect

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15 March 2023

Helping young Africans innovate for climate resilience

Africa is the continent that will be most adversely affected by climate change. IIASA researchers are collaborating on Yoma OR – an ambitious project aimed at helping young people grow their digital skills as a first step on a journey from learning to earning using AI, blockchain, and crowdsourcing.
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24 January 2023

Supporting evidence-based policymaking in The Gambia

Researchers working on the FACE-Africa project have co-developed country-specific information and tools with Gambian food system stakeholders to evaluate possible strategies for adapting to climate change and ensuring sufficient healthy food for The Gambia. Their recommendations and key findings are now available in a new IIASA policy brief.
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15 September 2022

IIASA welcomes its first regional member organization

IIASA has increased its membership footprint through its newest member, the Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Member Organization, as part of a regional approach to participation in IIASA research and capacity building activities.


04 December 2022

Celebrating 50 years of global collaboration

Options Magazine, Winter 2022: IIASA organized a series of celebratory activities with its member organizations throughout 2022 to celebrate 50 years of groundbreaking systems analysis research and opportunities to strengthen partnerships and collaborations with the global scientific community.

28 November 2022

Optimizing crop management practices in Senegal

Options Magazine, Winter 2022: A study on the sustainability of rice production pinpoints methods to improve rice management and thereby food security in Senegal.
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28 November 2022

Linking health status and clean cooking practices in South Africa

Options Magazine, Winter 2022: Transitioning to clean cooking services in South Africa can reduce existing health inequalities by improving the health of socially disadvantaged and marginalized groups.
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