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

Bi-regional STI Networks

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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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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Report: South Africa’s Participation in the Seventh Framework Programme
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Report: South Africa’s Participation in the Seventh Framework Programme

The Academy of Science of South Africa has released a report analysing South Africa’s participation in the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for (FP7), a press release by South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology (DST) has announced. The report, Insights into South Africa’s Participation in the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development of the European Commission, draws its findings from 122 FP7-funded projects involving South Africa partners. Online surveys with FP7 funding recipients were combined with a research involving a group of officials from DST. “Recommendations of the report range from capacity building to strengthen support to South African researchers, addressing project management challenges, to dissemination of the research project outputs,” the press release says. [Image credit: ASSAf]

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Bibliometrics: EU-Africa Health Research Collaboration in Review
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Bibliometrics: EU-Africa Health Research Collaboration in Review

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Medical research journal, PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, has published a bibliometric assessment of European and sub-Saharan African research output on poverty-related and neglected infectious diseases, covering the period 2003 to 2011. “The main objective of this article is to assess the geographical and temporal trends in the publication of research papers on HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria and [neglected infectious diseases] by European EDCTP member countries and sub-Saharan African countries through a bibliometric analysis,” the article’s introduction says. Authors include representatives from the European and Developing Countries Clinical Partnership (EDCTP) and Thomson Reuters. [Image credit: PLOS]

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Report: Africa-EU Research Collaboration on Food Security
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Report: Africa-EU Research Collaboration on Food Security

CAAST-Net Plus is pleased to announce the release of a new research report analysing bi-regional research and innovation cooperation in the area of food and nutrition security. [Image credit: CAAST-Net Plus]

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Results from Uganda-Sweden Health Research Partnership
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Results from Uganda-Sweden Health Research Partnership

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SciDevNet journalist Esther Nakkazi has highlighted results from a longstanding bi-regional partnership between Makerere University in Uganda and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Writes Nakkazi: “Over the past ten years, 44 PhD students have graduated through the partnership, and more than 500 joint peer-reviewed articles have been published, most with a Ugandan as a first author, the study says.” Funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), the purpose of the partnership was to “strengthen the collaboration between senior researchers, facilitate staff development, improve administrative procedures, and foster internationalisation at both universities,” the initiative’s Memorandum of Understanding says. The results are fully documented in an article accessible at this link: http://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/article?id=10.1371/journal.pmed.1001784. [Image credit: Flickr, Sweggs]

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Report: EU-Africa Climate Change Research Collaboration
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Report: EU-Africa Climate Change Research Collaboration

CAAST-Net Plus has released a new study entitled Africa-EU Research Collaboration on Climate Change: A Critical Analysis of the Scope, Coordination and Uptake of Findings. [Image credit: CAAST-Net Plus]

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Reflections from Final ERAfrica Conference
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Reflections from Final ERAfrica Conference

The ERAfrica project, funded by the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), held its closing conference in South Africa. [Image credit: CAAST-Net Plus]

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UK Assesses Evidence of Impact of Research on Development
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UK Assesses Evidence of Impact of Research on Development

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The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has published a literature review of evidence showing the impact of research on international development. “It demonstrates that research does make important and significant contributions to socioeconomic development but that some commonly held assumptions about how research leads to change are not backed up by the evidence,” the report’s Executive Summary states. [Image credit: UK Department for International Development]

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New Mapping Report on Health Research in Sub-Saharan Africa
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New Mapping Report on Health Research in Sub-Saharan Africa

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The findings from a study on the current state of health research on poverty-related and neglected infectious diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa have been published online. Research was conducted by the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) in collaboration with policy and consulting firms, Rand Europe and Baird’s CMC, as part of the EDCTP-Plus project. [Image credit: EDCTP]

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