Are Science Granting Councils Adapting to a Changing Science, Technology and Innovation Landscape in Africa?

Are Science Granting Councils Adapting to a Changing Science, Technology and Innovation Landscape in Africa? 2016-10-30T13:33:03+00:00

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Developments throughout sub-Saharan Africa over the last decade suggest a changing landscape, where science, technology and innovation (STI) are emerging as key drivers in social and economic development. Many African governments have made commitments to increase their gross domestic expenditures on research and development (R&D) to 1%. Science granting councils, globally, are key intermediary actors in national systems of innovation (NSI). On the African continent, these organisations have a number of mandates: disbursement of research grants; disbursements of scholarships and loans; funding support for infrastructure development; dissemination and uptake of research reports and findings; supporting scientific publishing; advocacy for STI; collection, analysis and reporting of data and statistics on STI and R&D; capacity strengthening of researchers; informing STI policy; setting research agendas and priorities; managing scientific collaborations and agreements; and coordinating the NSI system. This multiplicity of roles calls for the existence of an increasingly globally connected, solutions oriented, and strategically positioned type of an African science granting council. The session will engage these perspectives on their role in a changing STI landscape in Africa from the perspective of science granting councils and their core stakeholders.
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