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Africa-EU Health R&I Needs Clearer Policy Framework, Report Finds

Africa-EU Health R&I Needs Clearer Policy Framework, Report Finds

Africa-EU Health R&I Needs Clearer Policy Framework, Report Finds

CAAST-Net Plus is pleased to announce the release of a research report that analyses more than a decade of health research and innovation (R&I) collaboration between Africa and the European Union. [Image credit: CAAST-Net Plus]

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Key Messages

"The assessment of this study is that Africa-EU health R&I cooperation needs a much clearer framework setting out shared priorities and funding mechanisms," the report's executive summary says. 

"Both Africa and Europe also need to introduce policy measures that create incentives for private sector participation in R&I, including and especially when it comes to the uptake of scientific research findings."

The report's five findings and recommendations are targeted at representatives of the African Union and European Unionnational health and STI policymakers, health R&I funders, as well as the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue on Science, Technology and Innovation

Research Goals 

"This study maps the landscape of health research and innovation (R&I) cooperation, placing emphasis on initiatives financed through FP6, FP7 and the ACP Science and Technology Programme, while also offering a glance at bilateral cooperation initiatives," the report says.

"The overarching aim was to analyse the extent to which health R&I cooperation supported by the framework programmes, by other major bi-regional programmes, and to a lesser extent by bilateral programmes, is addressing agreed joint health R&I priorities, is fostering the uptake and translation of research results by the private sector, and is being used to inform policymakers." 

A Team Effort 

The report is the result of a collaboration between the Council on Health Research for Development (also known as COHRED), Kenya's Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, the Spanish Foundation for International Cooperation, Health and Social Policy, and the University of Pretoria, South Africa.  

Combining desk review work with key informant interviews and regional workshops, the research represents a culmination of CAAST-Net Plus partner engagement on health R&I cooperation since 2013. 

The publication also completes the CAAST-Net Plus series of reports on bi-regional cooperation on climate change (released in 2014) and food security (released in 2015). 

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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.

CAAST-Net Plus is funded by the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme under grant agreement 311806
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