Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation
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EU-Africa research and innovation partnerships at work

Africa-EU collaboration in research and innovation has evolved in response to new political priorities, funding opportunities and development imperatives. In this section we collect information about the outcomes these partnerships have given rise to as well as how collaboration impacts on policy, society and economy.

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Report: Pathways for Research Uptake
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Report: Pathways for Research Uptake

The CAAST-Net Plus report from the joint stakeholder forum co-organised with the Development Research Uptake in Sub-Saharan Africa (DRUSSA) initiative is now available for download. [Image credit: CAAST-Net Plus]

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Findings: Finland-SA Climate Change Research Collaboration
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Findings: Finland-SA Climate Change Research Collaboration

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An atmosphere capturing station designed by Finnish researchers has led to some “significant results” in a climate change research project with South Africa. The research established that smoke from field fires occurring during the continent’s dry season lead to a “cooling effect on the planet's atmosphere,” an article by the Finnish Broadcasting Company reports. “The Finnish measurements were a factor in changing local air pollution control legislation. The Rustenburg mining area in South Africa was declared a high security zone after the results were in,” the article adds. The results from the atmospheric measuring station are said to be a “global breakthrough” as they are a first in climate change research in Africa. [Image credit: Flickr, Howard Cambridge]

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New Book on Interactions Between Firms and Universities in Global South
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New Book on Interactions Between Firms and Universities in Global South

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Canada’s International Development Research Centre has published a new monograph entitled Developing National Systems of Innovation: University-Industry Interactions in the Global South. The publication analyses collaborations between private companies and higher education institutions. “With a focus on developing countries, this book presents novel comparative research spanning three continents. The result is a more universal and dynamic view of the shaping and reshaping of interactions between firms and universities within different countries at various stages of development,” says an announcement published on the IDRC’s website. The book was co-edited by Eduardo Albuquerque (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil), Wilson Suzigan (UNICAMP - State University of Campinas, Brazil), Glenda Kruss (Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa), and Keun Lee (Seoul National University, South Korea). [Image credit: IDRC]

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Collection of Think Tank Reports on EU-Africa Relations
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Collection of Think Tank Reports on EU-Africa Relations

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Marcin Grajewski of the European Parliamentary Research Service has shared a list of recently published reports focusing on EU-Africa cooperation. “Relations between Africa and the European Union are governed by partially overlapping policy frameworks,” writes Grajewski. “Its development cooperation with Africa is channelled through different financial instruments, of which the European Development Fund is the most important.” The studies referred to by Grajewski were published by European research institutions such as the European Centre for Development Policy Management, Friedrich Evert Stiftung, Chatham House, and the European Union Institute for Security Studies. [Image credit: Flickr, Rozi Gombas]

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Partnerships a Necessity for Health Innovation in Africa
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Partnerships a Necessity for Health Innovation in Africa

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Africa has the potential to enhance its technologies in health by using strategic partnerships, writes Sam Otieno in a summative article published on SciDev.net after the the 5th African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation (ANDI) meeting, which was held in Kenya in November 2015. “Highlighting the need to support health innovation in Africa, Solomon Nwaka, executive director of Ethiopia-headquartered ANDI, said African institutions are not working together in a concerted way to solve the health challenges facing the continent due to lack of coordination and financing, among other factors,” Otieno writes. Otieno also quotes Sanaa Botros of Egypt’s Theodor Bilharz Research Institute, who said: “Effective alliance building will help to facilitate and support the development of local technologies with potential to positively impact.” Kenya’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, a CAAST-Net Plus partner, attended the ANDI meeting and presented a poster on framework conditions for health research and innovation. [Image credit: Flickr, IITA]

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Study: Communication Key to Building Successful Research Partnerships
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Study: Communication Key to Building Successful Research Partnerships

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A new published study entitled “Promoting Sustainable Research Partnerships: A Mixed-method Evaluation of a United Kingdom-Africa Capacity Strengthening Award Scheme” has found that communication is a “key factor” in building a functional research partnership. Collectively developed ideas, shared decision-making and shared research outputs were also considered fundamental partnership success factors. “This paper draws out lessons for establishing and maintaining successful research collaborations, based on partnership dynamics, from the perspectives of both high-income countries and low- and middle income countries [LMICs] stakeholders through the evaluation of a research capacity strengthening partnership award scheme,” the study’s abstract says. “Some [study participants] reported that when partners entered the project with differing assumptions about, for example, the research content and focus, the administration of funds, or procurement process the effect on the partnership was debilitating,” the authors write. The research was conducted by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the New York Institute of Technology. [Image credit: Flickr, CIFOR]

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New Benchmarking Tool for African Universities in Pilot Phase
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New Benchmarking Tool for African Universities in Pilot Phase

The Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET), whose secretariat is hosted by the World Bank, is testing a new benchmarking system for African universities. [Image credit: Flickr, Sarahemcc]

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New Book: Research For the Developing World
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New Book: Research For the Developing World

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"Research for the developing world is at a crossroads: fading as foreign aid contributes an increasingly modest share of science funding in the global south, yet thriving with efforts to address ‘one world’ global challenges,” writes Bruce Currie-Alder in a blog post for Oxford University Press on the release of his brand new book Research for the Developing World: Public Funding from Australia, Canada, and the UK (published 8 December 2015). Currie-Alder is regional director for the International Development Research Centre’s Cairo office. The book is available for purchase from the OUP website for US $99. [Image credit: Oxford University Press]

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