Mathematics became a subprogramme of the ISP in 2002. Before that, in November 2001, a workshop was organized in Arusha, Tanzania - International Workshop on Mathematics for Development in Africa, South of the Sahara, and the conclusions from this workshop were used to design the programme.
- The ISP does not give grants to individuals;
- Support goes to carefully selected research groups and networks;
- The support is given on a longterm basis, with the goal of making the groups/networks become self-sustainable;
- The support comprises post graduate training on a sandwich basis, exchange of scientists, purchasement of litterature, equipment, consumables, etc, but does not include activities on undergraduate level;
- The work is carried out in cooperation with one, or more, research groups in Sweden, or elsewhere in Europe.
- The East African Universities Mathematics Programme, EAUMP, which is a network between the departments of mathematics at the University of Nairobi (Kenya), University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Makerere University (Uganda), National University of Rwanda (Rwanda) and University of Zambia (Zambia), with Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (Rwanda) as an affiliated member [link to activities];
- PDE, Modeling and Control, which is a network between Universite de Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), Universite de Gaston Berger (Senegal) and Universite de Nouakchott (Mauritania) [link to activities];
- Analysis, Geometry and Applications, which is a national network between the Cameroonian universities of Buea, Douala, Dschang, Ngaoundere and Yaounde I [link to activities].
- The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, IMS in Ghana.