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An Overview of the PAEPARD Project
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An Overview of the PAEPARD Project

Presentation by Jöel Sor of the French Agricultural Research and International Development (CIRAD) at the CAAST-Net Plus workshop on Africa’s Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in EU-Africa collaboration in science, technology and innovation (Pretoria, South Africa: 4-5 February, 2016). [Image credit: J. Sor]

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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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Tanzania Receives £30m Boost for Rural Energy
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Tanzania Receives £30m Boost for Rural Energy

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The east African nation’s rural energy sector has received £30m from the Swedish International Development Agency and the UK’s Department for International Development, a press release says. “The main objective of the financing programme is to increase access to modern energy services in rural areas of mainland Tanzania for sustainable social economic development and poverty alleviation,” according to the release. The programme will be managed by the country’s Rural Energy Board and will run for five years. [Image credit: Flickr, DFID]

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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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EU Recognises Uganda’s MDG Performance
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EU Recognises Uganda’s MDG Performance

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The European Union has disbursed €21.7 million in general budget support to the Government of Uganda, according to a release by the Delegation of the European Union to Uganda. “The payment rewards Uganda for keeping a favourable macro-economic environment in the past years, characterised by low and stable inflation and resilient growth rates,” the release says. “The EU support also rewards the decrease in absolute poverty, with Uganda one of few countries to have halved extreme poverty (MDG 1) already before the 2015 MDG deadline. Progress in school enrolment rates (MDG 2), girls' education (MDG 3), immunisation rates and drugs supply (MDGs 4, 5 and 6) also informed the EU decision to disburse.” [Image credit: Flickr, DFID]

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Netherlands to Host African Agricultural Management Conference
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Netherlands to Host African Agricultural Management Conference

A research conference with the theme Managing African Agriculture: Markets, Linkages and Rural Economic Development is to be held in Maastricht in early September. The conference aims to highlight policies in research and foster discussion on: transformations in rural economies on and off–farm; development of agro-industry clusters; role of markets and value chains, and, role of price vulnerability. The conference is co-organised by Maastricht School of Management (MSM), the German Development Institute and the Austrian Foundation for Development Research. To register, visit the MSM website. [Image credit: Flickr, CIAT]

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Ethiopia to Host African Food and Nutrition Forum
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Ethiopia to Host African Food and Nutrition Forum

Addis Ababa University is organising the fourth African Food and Nutrition Forum. Its theme? Global Responses for Sustainable Food Systems in the post-Millennium Development Era. [Image credit: Flickr, CIAT]

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Workshop: Food Security and Rural Innovation Challenges
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Workshop: Food Security and Rural Innovation Challenges

The International Centre for Development Oriented Research in Agriculture (ICRA) is to host a workshop on the challenges of rural innovation in food security. The Linking Research for Inclusive Development for Food Security - Addressing Rural Innovation Challenges workshop is expected to introduce participants to “new approaches and tools for designing and managing participation in rural innovation that helps to resolve both problems and find complementary solutions,” an announcement says. [Image credit: Flickr, CIAT]

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