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African Union Research Grants Success Stories
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African Union Research Grants Success Stories

This leaflet highlights a number of success stories from the African Union Research Grants programme on Africa-Europe collaboration in research and innovation on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture. [Image credit: CAAST-Net Plus]

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Information Science and ICT Research Conference
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Information Science and ICT Research Conference

IST-Africa will hold its tenth technology research conference for ministers in Lilongwe, Malawi, from 6-8 May 2015. The agenda includes policy dialogues, international development, research cooperation, and community building. Stakeholders from the public and private sector will gather to discuss policy, exchange ideas, and explore areas of potential collaboration. The conference aims to offer support to the development of information science policy in Africa, and also promote, showcase and encourage international research and innovation in Africa. Malawi’s National Commission for Science and Technology is hosting the conference, with support from the European Commission and the African Union Commission. [Image credit: IST-Africa]

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UK Funds Climate Disaster Research in Africa
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UK Funds Climate Disaster Research in Africa

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A new research programme was launched by United Kingdom funding agencies which will examine the risk posed by climate change and natural disasters on African cities. Funding of £3.3 million from the Economic and Social Research Council and the Department for International Development will be available for the Urban Africa Risk Knowledge (Urban ARK) projects targeting cities in Senegal, Nigeria, Malawi, Kenya and Niger. The UK’s King’s College London will lead the project. “The Urban ARK programme of work is international and interdisciplinary. Working closely with those at risk, urban planners, developers and humanitarian agencies will enable a research process that can highlight disaster risk drivers embedded in contemporary and emerging development trajectories,” said project leader, Professor Mark Pelling. [Image credit: DFID]

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Malawi to Host Information Society Meet
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Malawi to Host Information Society Meet

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European Commission-funded project, IST-Africa, is organising a conference in Malawi on research cooperation, international development and the information society. The event will take place in May 2015 and is co-organised by Malawi’s National Commission for Science and Technology, with higher level support from the European Commission and the African Union Commission. “Senior representatives of leading public, private, education and research organisations from 50 countries [will] discuss policy, share insight and identify collaboration opportunities,” the IST-Africa website says. [Image credit: IST-Africa]

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IST-Africa Advances International Horizon 2020 Collaboration
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IST-Africa Advances International Horizon 2020 Collaboration

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A series of IST-Africa Horizon 2020 workshops, to take place in southern and eastern Africa, are being planned for November 2014. Host countries, some of which are yet to be confirmed, for the workshops include: Malawi, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Burundi. The IST-Africa project recently participated in a session on international cooperation opportunities within Horizon 2020 at the ICT Proposers Day 2014, held in Florence, Italy earlier this month. “IST-Africa is specifically supporting ICT-39 (focused on engagement with Africa) in the context of LEIT [Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies] 2015 Calls for Proposals, which closes on 14 April 2015,” their website reports. [Image credit: Horizon 2020]

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Overview of Research and Innovation in Malawi
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Overview of Research and Innovation in Malawi

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The UNESCO Global Observatory of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Instruments (GO→SPIN) has published a mapping of research and innovation in the Republic of Malawi. “GO→SPIN provides key information on a range of levels, from STI policies, operational instruments and legal frameworks to STI national systems and data — all in order to improve policy-making, implementation and evaluation,” writes UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, in the Foreword to the report. [Image credit: UNESCO]

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Towards an EU-Africa Platform for Climate Change Research Cooperation
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Towards an EU-Africa Platform for Climate Change Research Cooperation

CAAST-Net Plus is currently engaging a wide range of actors in Africa and Europe with an interest in climate change adaptation and mitigation. Our aim? To build a platform that supports bi-regional research and innovation on the climate change priorities that Africa and Europe have in common. [Image credit: CAAST-Net Plus]

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