n African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development - Development and strengthening of research capacities in Madagascar : an impact study of IFS activities (1976-2008) : research notes / commentaries

Volume 3, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 2042-1338
  • E-ISSN: 2042-1346
This article is unavailable for purchase outside of Africa



This paper examines the impact of the activities of the International Foundation for Science (lFS) in Madagascar. Between 1976 and 2008, 50 Malagasy scientists have received a total of 71 IFS grants. Before presenting the results of the impact study, it briefly reviews the development of science and technology in Madagascar as well as the present institutional framework and governance system. It also provides an estimate of S&T human and financial resources as well as an overview of Madagascar's scientific output measured in number of publications indexed in international databases.

Despite heterogeneous and sometimes unsatisfactory results, especially with regard to S&T outputs, it is concluded that the positive results obtained by IFS in many ways, e.g. academic advancement of the grantees, access to executive positions, avoiding the brain drain, stimulation, and high degree of satisfaction for the IFS granting programme and additional services indicate that IFS has, to a great extent, fulfilled its mission and that its strategy is sound. Madagascar needs IFS today even more than before.

Loading full text...

Full text loading...


Article metrics loading...


This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error