Scientific & Research Cooperation
Most scientific research in Ghana takes place in public universities, but science, technology and innovation are under the oversight of the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI). It oversees 13 organisations and agencies, some of which carry out scientific research mission, including operational and applied research, like the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and more recently, the Ghana Innovation and Research Commercialisation Centre, whose creation was announced in 2018.
France is present in Ghana in the research sector through the French National Institute of Research for Sustainable Development (IRD), and is involved in two research programmes at the University of Ghana in Health (Malaria) and Entomology. The embassy supports these programmes by facilitating meetings between Ghanaian, French and sub-regional researchers in collaboration with the IRD. An IRD researcher—who became the country representative of the IRD—has been assigned to the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) at University of Ghana since the 2015-2016 academic year to carry out biomedical research on malaria within the framework of an agreement between the university and the IRD—renewed in May 2016. This researcher was joined by another in September 2018 who contributes to the research work into malaria.
A project to support African Centres of Excellence (World Bank Initiative to support African research) is currently under study by the IRD and CIRAD. There are 3 centres of research excellence in Ghana: the West Africa Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP, University of Ghana); West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI, University of Ghana); Regional Water and Environmental Sanitation Centre Kumasi (RWESCK, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology).
Ghana also falls within the scope of the French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA) in Ibadan, Nigeria. In 2012, a regional research programme awarded scholarships to 10 students from Ghana’s three main universities to support three-month social science research projects, and in June 2016, a publication on contemporary Ghana entitled “Positioning Ghana” with several articles by Ghanaian researchers was published with the partnership of IFRA.