UK-Kenya pact boosts science and innovation

Newton-Utafiti FundNAIROBI, (CAJ News) – KENYA is set to benefit from a joint fund to support research, science and innovation in the country following the pledge by the country and United Kingdom to strengthen their collaborative partnership in those areas.

They have launched the Newton-Utafiti Fund as part of the wider Newton Fund family.

A Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries has been signed in Nairobi.

Dr Fred Matiang’i, the Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Education, and Nic Hailey, British High Commissioner to Kenya, signed.

The Newton-Utafiti Fund marks a step-change in the bilateral science relationship and will provide an important framework to increase each country’s capacities in science, technology and innovation.

Some of the key areas for collaboration under the Newton-Utafiti Fund include food security, health, environment and climate change as well as economic transition skills and jobs.
The British Council has opened initial calls for proposals under the Newton-Utafiti Fund.

Kenya becomes the 16th country globally to participate in and benefit from the Newton Fund – joining Egypt and South Africa on the continent.

CAJ News

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