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"As we go forward, we will seek to be transactional in maintaining and strengthening the governance architecture, but we will also be transformational as we prepare the citizens for the new economy that requires the development of new parameters in education, innovation, and enterprise", - His Excellency, Dr Hage Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia
This morning (09 April 2018) the National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) signed a monumental 3-year agreement with one of A
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The National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) has today signed a Master Agreement on Grant Management with the University of Namibia (UNAM).
The ten year agreement will ensure the efficient disbursement of funds to researchers based at UNAM, it also gives assurance that the grants will be managed in accordance with the institution’s existing financial management policies, and also the timely reporting of the project execution as part of their monitoring and evaluation process.
“This agreement signifies the confidence that the NCRST places on the competence and capability of our institutions of higher learning in performing quality research. Our aim is to strengthen UNAM to become a research intensive University. These collaborative efforts and many others initiated by all stakeholders, will undoubtedly contribute to making innovation a key driver for the achievements of the objectives and goals of the Harambee Prosperity Plan”, said Dr Eino Mvula, CEO of the NCRST at the signing ceremony.
The NCRST has obtained an unqualified audit opinion since its inception in 2013 including the previous financial year, 2015/16 respectively. Some of the financial control mechanisms that is put into place includes the master funding agreements entered into between the NCRST and major funded research institutions, such as this with UNAM. These agreements outline the dual accountability and responsibility on the part of the NCRST and the funded research entities as well.
In line with the current strategic plan, the Commission continues to improve its grant management processes and systems, to ensure that these scarce resources reach deserving students and institution alike, in order to advance the science, technology and innovation agenda in Namibia. In addition, the NCRST has an Internal Risk Assurance function which provides ongoing assurance on compliance to the approved NCRST Grants Rules and Procedures complied, further ensuring that the grant awards processes are above board.
For more information on the NCRST Grant Management and Administration Process, please read here