Knowledge Systems workshop to promote science, technology and innovation (STI).

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Date and time: 
Fri, 2018-06-29 09:00
Location / Venue: 

Sarova Panafric

Speaker addressing stakeholders during a workshop on Knowledge Systems in Science ,Technology and Innovation in low and middle income countries ,held at Sarova Panafric on June 29,2018.

There has been limited action and investigation into how to invest in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) capability in low and middle-income (LMI) countries and what works in these countries.

Through the East Africa Research Hub, Department for International Development (DFID) UK, has commissioned a study to understand knowledge systems and effective strategies, as well as viable options for the promotion of science, technology and innovation (STI) in Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania.

In a workshop held at Sarova Panafric, June 29, 2018 government and research institutions explored ways of linking the project to other ongoing initiative opportunities. In addition, it brought stakeholders to integrate their input into the study design outcomes. The workshop also looked into enhanced uptake of the strategy in LMI countries.

Understanding knowledge systems provides insights into strategic sectors, capabilities and institutional arrangements, necessary for building an effective national STI system. This is because a Knowledge Systems reveals the interconnections between various actors and agencies, including their capabilities in producing, transferring and utilizing information for various development objectives.

 The workshop was a critical Commissioning Stakeholders’ Dialogue organized by African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), Natural Resources Institute (NRI), at the University of Greenwich, Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex and The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO).

Stakeholders during Knowledge Systems workshop from-National Science and Technology Commissions and National Research Fund (NRF), National – higher learning institutions – Universities, Private Sector alliances, Civil society movements on education, Donors (DFID- East Africa Research Fund), Research and Representative of East Africa Science Technology Secretariat (options for feeding into on-going STI policies for the region)

The objectives of this engagement was to: (i) create awareness about the project, its intentions and relevance to the country development processes; (ii) get feedback from stakeholders on the design and expectations of the project; (iii) explore opportunities for linking the project to other ongoing initiatives such as the Science Granting Council Initiative (SGCI) and other government initiatives; (iv) explore options for enhanced uptake strategy and (v) ensure that in country the views, needs and capabilities of teams/stakeholders are well integrated into the study design and associated outputs and outcomes.

The participants in this engagement came from various sectors; National Science and Technology Commissions and National Research Fund (NRF), National – higher learning institutions – Universities, Private Sector alliances, Civil society movements on education, Donors (DFID- East Africa Research Fund), Research and Representative of East Africa Science Technology Secretariat (options for feeding into on-going STI policies for the region).

A number of countries in Africa are setting their agenda for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) including commitments to African Union’s STI Strategy for Africa 2024 (STISA-2024), and to the AU Agenda 2063.

However, these efforts are hampered by limited evidence on effective strategies driving the STI knowledge systems, and inadequate information on viable options likely to guarantee the sustainability of these systems within LMI countries.

 

Expiry Date: 
Thu, 2022-06-30 13:06
Contact Person: 

Prof. Shem Wandiga and Prof. Ogara

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