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KIT and AKADEMIYA2063 sign MoU for Impact Research Partnership

KIT Royal Tropical Institute has signed an MoU with the Kigali-based research institute AKADEMIYA2063 for a partnership to strengthen Africa-based expertise in support of impact driven, evidence-based policymaking, implementation and evaluation. 

KIT CEO Mark Schneiders, AKADEMIA2063's Executive Chair Dr. Ousmane Badiane, and the Head of KIT's Knowledge Unit, Peter Gildemacher, at the signing ceremony.
KIT CEO Mark Schneiders, AKADEMIA2063’s Executive Chair Dr. Ousmane Badiane, and the Head of KIT’s Knowledge Unit, Peter Gildemacher, at the signing ceremony.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) sets out to facilitate cooperation that leverages opportunities for joint research, technical assistance, capacity building and outreach activities, targeting African students, analysts, researchers and policymakers. The signing ceremony took place at KIT in Amsterdam on October 21.

“We are excited to join forces with KIT Royal Tropical Institute to help strengthen the capacities of African researchers toward better policy design and analysis” , said Dr. Ousmane Badiane, AKADEMIYA2063’s Executive Chairperson. “This partnership with KIT Royal Tropical Institute is a unique opportunity for our organisations to leverage our scientific expertise to widen the pool of African researchers working to contribute to the continent’s development goals, by providing platforms for knowledge exchange, joint research, and outreach”, he added.

Making impact, by making impact measurable: that is what this partnership is about” said KIT CEO Mark Schneiders. “By combining our expertise in the field of impact assessment and management, we stand stronger in our commitment to contribute to sustainable economic development”, he added.

The thrust of the partnership will be the development of training and capacity-building activities to be implemented under the African Growth and Development Policy (AGRODEP) Modeling Consortium, a core program of AKADEMIYA2063. Other projected activities include joint fundraising for research, knowledge-sharing and professional development of staff through secondments and staff exchanges, and joint policy dialogues and other events.


AKADEMIYA2063 is an Africa-based non-profit research organisation with headquarters in Kigali, Rwanda and a regional office in Dakar, Senegal. AKADEMIYA2063’s overall mission is to support the member states of the African Union (AU) in their efforts to achieve the key goals of the AU’s Agenda 2063. > Find out more