Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation
Between Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe

Policy Context

Africa-EU STI policy landscape

The EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue Platform on Science, Technology and Innovation (HLPD) is the avenue for discussions on research and innovation policy between senior officials from African and European countries. In this section we collect the key policy documents that structure, inform and shape this dialogue.

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Communication and Dissemination in an Africa-EU Research and Innovation Cooperation Network: A Reflective Report on the CAAST-Net Plus Experience (2013-2016)
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Communication and Dissemination in an Africa-EU Research and Innovation Cooperation Network: A Reflective Report on the CAAST-Net Plus Experience (2013-2016)

This report has been developed by CAAST-Net Plus for the funders, programme/project managers, and communicators in EU-Africa research and innovation networks. Our assumption is that these practitioners may be considering the communication and dissemination (C&D) function in the programmes or projects they work on, and be seeking management ideas and practices for planning and monitoring purposes. Drawing on the CAAST-Net Plus network’s experiences, our goal with this report is to provide a clear and concise resource that responds to that need. [Image credit: CAAST-Net Plus]

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EU-Africa Research and Innovation Cooperation for Food and Nutrition Security: A Review of Programming Experiences and Future Options
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EU-Africa Research and Innovation Cooperation for Food and Nutrition Security: A Review of Programming Experiences and Future Options

This report looks back on some of the different EU-Africa multilateral research and innovation programming experiences, examining their strengths, challenges and outcomes using specific case studies. It proposes a set of key future considerations for national and regional policymakers in order to assist in the optimal realisation of similar initiatives in the future. [Image credit: CAAST-Net Plus]

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 Report and Recommendations: Second CAAST-Net Plus Workshop with Africa’s Regional Economic Communities, Science Academies and the ERAfrica Initative
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Report and Recommendations: Second CAAST-Net Plus Workshop with Africa’s Regional Economic Communities, Science Academies and the ERAfrica Initative

The second CAAST-Net Plus workshop with Africa’s Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and science academies took place at the Hilton Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 3 April 2016. The workshop was a follow-on of the first workshop between CAAST-Net Plus, the science academies and RECs, which was held in February 2016 at the Farm Inn in Pretoria, South Africa. This report summarises the second workshop’s content and recommendations. [Image credit: CAAST-Net Plus]

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Policy Brief: Bringing Public and Private Sector Actors Closer Together in the Africa-EU Research and Innovation Partnership on Food and Nutrition Security
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Policy Brief: Bringing Public and Private Sector Actors Closer Together in the Africa-EU Research and Innovation Partnership on Food and Nutrition Security

Expectations are high that the brand new research and innovation partnership between Africa and the EU in food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture will make a tangible contribution to the human development priority area of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy. For this contribution to be realised in both regions and at scale, much stronger linkages need to be forged between publicly financed R&I actors, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, and large-scale industrial players. How – and how soon – can this goal be achieved? This Policy Brief draws on results of original survey research undertaken by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, Senegal, as part of its involvement in the CAAST-Net Plus project. [Image credit: CAAST-Net Plus]

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Potential Instruments for Implementing the EU-Africa Research and Innovation Partnership on Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture
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Potential Instruments for Implementing the EU-Africa Research and Innovation Partnership on Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture

CAAST-Net Plus was tasked by the Bureau of the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) to support the members of the HLPD Bureau’s Working Group 1, South Africa and the United Kingdom, in elaborating a section of the HLPD Expert Working Group’s contribution to a Roadmap for an Africa-EU Research and Innovation Partnership on Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (‘the Partnership’). Through a desktop review and interviews with key informants, this CAAST-Net Plus report analyses existing EU-Africa R&I projects related to FNSSA and recommends potential instruments for implementing the Partnership over the short-, medium- and long-term.[Image credit: CAAST-Net Plus]

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The African Regional Economic Communities and Africa-EU STI Cooperation: Report and Recommendations from a CAAST-Net Plus Workshop
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The African Regional Economic Communities and Africa-EU STI Cooperation: Report and Recommendations from a CAAST-Net Plus Workshop

The workshop, which was hosted by the Department of Science and Technology of South Africa, took place from 4-5 February 2016 and brought together a range of stakeholders. The main objective of the workshop was to discuss the potential role of the RECs in the Africa-EU STI partnership with the aim of sharing and exchanging information on their priorities, strategic objectives and milestones. The workshop was also aimed at identifying, modalities, mutual priorities and synergies for closer collaboration. [Image credit: CAAST-Net Plus]

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Policy Brief: Lessons Learned from Building Africa-EU Research and Innovation Partnerships for Global Challenges
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Policy Brief: Lessons Learned from Building Africa-EU Research and Innovation Partnerships for Global Challenges

Increasing the quantity and quality of the cooperation in research and innovation (R&I) between the EU and Africa will require concerted effort by actors from across sectors, disciplines and regions. In this Policy Brief CAAST-Net Plus shares its proposals for building enduring partnerships that address global challenges. [Image credit: CAAST-Net Plus]

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