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South Africa to Host Major Research and Innovation Conference
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South Africa to Host Major Research and Innovation Conference

Research and innovation for global challenges and the role of universities in bolstering development efforts are the focus areas of a major event to take place in South Africa in May 2015. Key policy-makers, research and higher education representatives, private sector actors, and funders are expected to attend. Abstracts may be submitted up until 26 January 2015 and interested participants are encouraged to take advantage of an early registration offer that closes on 28 February 2015. The conference is co-organised by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA). [Image credit: SARIMA]

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Evidence Briefs for Better Healthcare in Africa
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Evidence Briefs for Better Healthcare in Africa

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A project funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) has conducted research on the role of evidence in connecting healthcare resources to healthcare needs in low-income African countries. The Supporting the Use of Research within African Health Systems (SURE) project, which came to end in May 2014, produced 35 “evidence briefs” as well as guides and capacity building resources to aid in the creation of briefs. African partners in the project included Uganda, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Zambia and Cameroon. “Although SURE focused on African needs, its strategies and networks could help lower- and middle-income countries in Europe and elsewhere in the world,” says an article published about the project on the European Commission’s website. [Image credit: Flickr, Belgian Development Agency]

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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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Conference on Political Economy of Agricultural Policy Processes in Africa
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Conference on Political Economy of Agricultural Policy Processes in Africa

Recent research findings on sub-Saharan African agricultural policy processes produced by the Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC) will be discussed at the Overseas Development Institute later this month. FAC has received support from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development since 2005. Registration for the conference is still open and parts of the event will be streamed live over the internet. [Image credit: Flickr, Susan von Struensee]

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South Africa’s STI Budget Breakdown for 2014/5
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South Africa’s STI Budget Breakdown for 2014/5

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South Africa’s Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, has revealed how her department plans to allocate R6.4bn (€443 million) in the current financial year. “Most of this is distributed to the six entities reporting to the Department [of Science and Technology], which are the National Research Foundation (R851 million); the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (R825 million); the Technology Innovation Agency (R380 million); the Human Sciences Research Council (R276 million); the South African National Space Agency (R118 million) and the Academy of Science of South Africa (R21 million),” the DST website states. “Over the medium term, the Department of Science and Technology will focus on developing human capital, creating new knowledge, investing in research and development infrastructure and encouraging innovation in South Africa by funding marketable products emerging from research.” [Image credit: Flickr, Mark Klotz]

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Bureau of EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue on STI to Meet
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Bureau of EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue on STI to Meet

Members of the Bureau of the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) on science, technology and innovation will meet to discuss their progress against objectives set at the HLPD meeting of November 2013. For further information about this meeting, email Nienke Buisman at nienke.buisman<@>ec.europa.eu. [Image credit: Africa-EU Partnership]

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Morocco to Host Continental Science Forum in October
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Morocco to Host Continental Science Forum in October

African science and higher education ministers, as well private sector and civil society actors, will gather in Rabat, Morocco, this October. Their aim? To engage in a dialogue about science and growth. The Government of Morocco will be hosting the event, which is being co-organised by the African Development Bank and the Government of Finland. [Image credit: Africa STI Forum logo]

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