The project is funded by Department for International Development (DFID) and seeks to generate evidence on how Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) can work in the low and middle-income (LMI) countries: Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda. This builds on the understanding and the need to invest in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) capability as recognised by Africa Union’s Agenda 2063 and various country development visions. The project views a knowledge system as an entry point towards understanding the interconnections between actors, information and technologies and associated capabilities. Indeed, a knowledge system is defined as a network of ‘agents, practices and institutions that organize the production, transfer and use of knowledge’. The project is under a partnership bringing together the African Centre for Technology Studies, University of Greenwich-Natural Resource Institute, Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex, and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). The project is expected to run through a period of 18 months beginning June 2018 until December 2019.
Department for International Development (DFID)
The purpose of this memorandum is to formalise the collaboration between ACTS and the University of Nairobi with regard to the ‘Understanding knowledge systems and what works for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania’ project funded by the Department for International Development (UK). This entails conceptualization and joint implementation of this research, trainings, exchange visits and networking among other implementation activities relevant to this project.