The AAS has been successful in contributing to the development of science in Africa. Areas where the Academy has made an impact are:
- The number of fellows has grown from 33 in 1985 to the current 300. The number of female fellows has also grown significantly since the establishment of the Academy.
- The AAS gave over a 100 grants for forestry research to African scientists in the 10 years that it ran the Capacity Building in Forestry Research in Africa project. It also facilitated the development of a common position for Africa, which strengthened the continent’s negotiating muscle in the International Forum on Forest.
- Through the African Forest Research Network the AAS trained 150 postgraduate students and gave grants that helped African institutions to buy equipment and helped to develop the careers of grantees with many presenting at conferences.
- The AAS’ Capacity Building in Soil and Water Management project, which ran from 1989 to 1993, trained masters students from 10 African countries and funded collaborative projects between 80 research institutions that helped improve run off farming in Eritrea, the management of irrigation in Sudan and for Zimbabwe to find ways to use wetlands in dry regions for farming.
- The Academy’s African Training Leadership and Advanced Skills provided research grants and internships for women, helping them to develop their careers and organised meetings that provided platforms for scientists to share their research.
- The AAS has also published profiles of over a 1,000 African scientists, a resource that can be used to identify potential partners and experts to help governments in evidence policymaking.
- African presidents and senior government officials attended the AAS’ Research and Development Forum for Science-led Development in Africa, which contributed to efforts to raise the profile of science among policymakers.
- The AAS hosted the World Academy of Sciences Regional Office for sub-Saharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA) from 2003 to 2014. During this time, the programme honoured over 70 scientists through the TWAS Regional Prize, the TWAS-ROSSA Young Scientists’ Prize, the TWAS-AAS-Microsoft Award for Young Scientists, TWAS Young Affiliates and Biovision travel grant.
The AAS also organised the Young Scientists Conferences every year to provide a platform for young scientists to network with their peers and senior scientists and to share their research.
The Academy also supported capacity building activities of TWAS’ eight national chapters in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe and facilitated collaboration between its Arab; Latin America and the Caribbean; East and Southâ��East Asia; and the Pacific and Central and South Asia regional offices.