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IFS Annual Report 2017 Is On the Way!

Published: 2018-04-30

In anticipation of the imminent release of the IFS Annual Report 2017, this month’s blog post includes several excerpts of its Foreword by myself and our Board of Trustees Chair Malcolm Beveridge.

Dr. Nighisty Ghezae, DirectorNighisty Ghezae, IFS Director

In this year in which we are showcasing scientific achievements in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America, IFS is determined to be stronger than ever in its support of early-career researchers in these regions, in particular as we continue our commitment to women in science, as highlighted below. We hope you enjoy this feature of our website.

The year 2017 was one of stabilization after the effects of the 2016 budgetary cuts. IFS worked hard to do whatever was possible in order not to disrupt plans. It was quite a year! Fortunately, our passion for supporting young researchers in developing countries – and their unrelenting drive to help their own countries and to solve local problems – have kept us inspired and dedicated. We know that the road is long and often hard, but we are committed to trying to support these young scientists in their endeavours.

In late 2017, our financial circumstances began to turn around. As this happened toward the end of the year, there was little that could be done in 2017 but it has allowed us to be confident of what we can do in 2018. Our long-time funding partners Sida and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), among others, have committed to renew their support for IFS for a number of years into the future. These positive developments are slowly allowing us to return to the levels of support we would wish to provide.

Throughout 2017, IFS also continued to address the importance of gender-sensitive training and research through our approach that aims to incorporate a gender perspective into research objectives, methodology, results and use, as well as a consideration of the gender impacts of research. Our collaborative research approach attracts a higher proportion of women scientists than individual research calls and many of them are selected to lead mixed-gender teams. We will intensify our efforts to identify organizations and donors willing to cooperate with us in supporting women in science in developing countries.

With the continued involvement of everyone, we look ahead to another fruitful year where we pursue our goals of strengthening the capacity of young women and men scientists in developing countries, not only to conduct relevant and high-quality research, but to enhance opportunities to put it into use in their home environments to reduce poverty and hunger. IFS is strong and ready to play its part in defining the future of science in the countries where we are involved, and around the world.

Thank you. Hope you enjoyed this feature of the blog.



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