Since 2013 Aalborg University and the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), as hosts of the AfricaLics Secretariat, have managed a Sida funded project to build capacity of African researchers working in the area of innovation and development. This project has provided funding towards the PhD Academies in 2015 and 2016. It funded the first AfricaLics conference in Maputo in 2013 and the 2015 AfricaLics Research Conference held in Kigali, Rwanda and has also funded a pilot sandwich programme (now called the AfricaLics Visiting Fellows programme). The project also included financial support to the creation of collaborative research groups across Africa through seedfunding for small research projects or book writing grants. Details of the outputs from Phase I of this project are outlined under the AfricaLics network impacts.
In 2017, ACTS entered into a contract with Sida to conduct a Phase II set of activities for five years. This will continue to provide funding to assist in the holding of PhD Academies and Research conferences. It will also continue to support the Visiting Fellows Programme including a new pilot post-doctoral visiting fellowship programme. Phase II is focused on consolidating and strengthening the popular activities from Phase I and, at the same time, engage in new activities such as enabling increased networking and peer-led capacity building between researchers using online platforms. Phase II anticipates to influence much more other stakeholders including policy makers. The full details of the anticipated outputs and outcomes from Phase II are available in the project logframe.