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Bridging Academia and the Private Sector in East Africa
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Bridging Academia and the Private Sector in East Africa

Presentation by Pontien Ndabaneze of the Inter-University Council of East Africa (IUCEA) at the CAAST-Net Plus Workshop for Early-career Energy and Technology Policy Researchers (Kigali, Rwanda: 21-22 July 2016). [Image credit: IUCEA]

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Public-private Co-funding Mechanisms
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Public-private Co-funding Mechanisms

Presentation by Tony Mitchell at the CAAST-Net Plus Workshop for Early-career Energy and Technology Policy Researchers (Kigali, Rwanda: 21-22 July 2016). [Image credit: TM]

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10 African Countries Eligible for Grants from Dutch Applied Research Fund
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10 African Countries Eligible for Grants from Dutch Applied Research Fund

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Research organisations from Benin, Burundi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Sudan, and Uganda, working in a partnership with at least one other organisation, are eligible to apply for grants of between €50,000 and €300,000 from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research’s Food and Business Applied Research Fund. Says the NWO website: “Research projects should evolve through co-creation: a concerted effort of practitioners and research and/or higher education organisations. Projects should contribute to improving sustainable and inclusive access to sufficient and healthy food and an inclusive business climate for the most vulnerable people in the Dutch partner countries. Projects must show applicability of the newly developed or adjusted knowledge, insights, technologies, tools, products, services or policies. Since a strong local/regional private sector is important in reaching local/regional food security, research projects that aim at improving local/regional entrepreneurship are included.” Applications close on 5 July 2016 and 6 December 2016. Up to fifteen projects may be granted. [Image credit: NWO]

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Venture Capital Available for Innovative Agribusiness Ideas
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Venture Capital Available for Innovative Agribusiness Ideas

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The African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN) is offering between US $5,000 and US$ 50,000 to individuals and organisations involved in agribusiness innovation. “The investment financing is to help support solutions or start small scale agribusiness incubators along different value chains,” a programme announcement says. “AAIN has established the AAIF to support emerging businesses and Small to Medium Scale Incubators to deepen the outreach and impact of agribusiness incubation in Africa.” Applications should be submitted to AAIN by 30 June 2016. [Image credit: AAIN]

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Africa’s Largest Healthcare Exhibition
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Africa’s Largest Healthcare Exhibition

The 2016 Africa Health Exhibition and Congress will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa, this June. “Africa Health is the continent’s largest healthcare exhibition and is a leading platform for the industry to meet, learn and do business,” the website says. Participants will have the opportunity to view the latest innovations in healthcare and to network with stakeholders from 57 countries. According to the event’s website, the Africa Health Exhibition and Congress will bring together key healthcare representatives from the private and public sectors. Read about CAAST-Net Plus partners’ participation at Africa Health 2015 by visiting l.caast-net-plus.org/hJ. [Image credit: Flickr, Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade]

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University Leaders to Gather in Ghana
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University Leaders to Gather in Ghana

The Association of Commonwealth Universities working with Vice-Chancellors Ghana are jointly organising the ACU Conference of University Leaders. [Image credit: Flickr, University Leicester]

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Video: Scaling Climate Innovation
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Video: Scaling Climate Innovation

Supporting Local Solutions to Address Climate Challenges and Drive Economic Development is the theme of a high-level discussion on scaling climate innovation that is being organised by the World Bank. The panel of high-level speakers from government agencies and business will “explore how the World Bank Group works with local partners to quickly scale novel clean technologies and businesses to address both climate and development needs”. The discussion will be streamed live from Washington, D.C. [Image credit: InfoDev]

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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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