Published: May 2017
Grant investigator: Claire Zabel
This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. NEPAD staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.
The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $2,350,000 over three years to the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordinating Agency, the technical arm of the African Union, to support the evaluation, preparation, and potential deployment of gene drive technologies in some African regions. NEPAD plans to use this grant to develop regulatory capacity for novel vector control approaches, including gene drive mosquitoes, at national and regional economic levels; support the functioning of relevant regulatory bodies in areas related to transgenic mosquitoes; conduct study tours for key stakeholders at political, regulatory, scientific and community levels; engage communities and the public through outreach and education; and develop guidelines and other technical documents related to synthetic biology and gene drive technologies.
This is one of several grants we are recommending with a goal of supporting gene drive technologies to help eliminate malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa, if feasible, ethical, safe, approved by the regulatory authorities, and supported by the affected communities. The rationale behind this effort is described in more detail in our writeup about a larger grant we made to support Target Malaria.