The Entebbe Forum: Findings and Recommendations
The forum convened 60 experts to discuss Africa-EU strategies for using science, technology and innovation (STI) to tackle global challenges of health, food and nutrition security, and climate change.
“Our consortium works to reinforce the Africa-EU relationship in STI at the formal and informal levels, and we do this through several channels,” says CAAST-Net Plus project coordinator, Dr Andrew Cherry.
“CAAST-Net Plus stakeholder forums, in particular, are an excellent mechanism for developing a two-way exchange of knowledge and information between these formal and informal relationships," Cherry notes.
"We encourage readers from bi-regional, sub-regional and national contexts to actively engage with the ideas presented in this report and to seek pathways to integrate them within their ongoing activities, as well as in their institutions.”
Key Findings and Recommendations
The findings of the 1st CAAST-Net Plus Stakeholder Forum are clustered around five major areas. Each area, in turn, contains a series of detailed recommendations and associated actions for implementation.
The five areas are:
- Establishing knowledge sharing and match-making structures to support stakeholder involvement in research and innovation projects;
- Fostering closer collaboration between academia and industry through the African RECs;
- Defining bi-regional science, technology and innovation (STI) roadmaps for societal challenges through participatory approaches;
- Supporting joint Africa-EU Centres of Excellence and Think Tanks; and,
- Strengthening of national and multinational innovation systems.
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About the Entebbe Forum
- “Transferring Knowledge Into Solutions: Africa-EU Strategies for Science, Technology and Innovation” was held from 24-25 November 2014.
- The event was hosted by the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST), and co-organised by the International Bureau of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research at the German Aerospace Centre (PT-DLR) and South Africa's Department of Science and Technology, who are all partners in the CAAST-Net Plus consortium.
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Disclaimer: CAAST-Net Plus is funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n0 311806. This document reflects only the authors’ views and the European Union cannot be held liable for any use that may be made of the information contained herein.