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Thursday, June 17 • 11:00am - 1:00pm
Innovation Policy Capacity In Africa

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Innovation, specially social and grass root innovation, is key to address SDGs and development challenges both in Europe and Africa. Policymakers understand the need for an enabling policy and regulatory environment for innovation and championing leadership in Africa and Europe to demonstrate science and innovation contribution to society and address common glocal challenges. The AGENDA 2063, the Africa's blueprint and master plan for transforming Africa into the global powerhouse; the AU Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa 2024 (STISA-2024) recognize this. However, the co-design of effective policies and policy instruments to enable a broader understanding of innovation, not only as an engine for economic growth, but also as a driver for societal well-being and environmental sustainability is not evident (UNESCO, 2019). In order to achieve SDG´s ( SDG 8 employment and decent jobs-in particular) and benefit from the flexible and holistic value system of the very young African region, interdisciplinary , inclusive research and education is key towards social innovation, knowledge co-production and transfer need to be better supported.
In addition to suffering from a lack of proper coordination geared towards improved and sustainable outcomes, STI policy implementation is beset by weak intersectoral linkages, limited opportunities for business-level technology absorption and limited sharing of STI learning across the sectors and are lacking not only an in-depth view of sustainability and inclusion challenges, but also specific and effective implementation measures, and funding. Resource gaps, both human and financial, are recognizedas key challenges constraining the ability of nationalinnovation systems to address sustainability problems ina comprehensive way.
Youth and women ( rural and gender in particular) unemployment or underemployment are big barriers for Sustainable development. In essence, this deals with finding mechanisms to inter alia enable exchange and interaction between more codified, science-based innovative activity in the formal sector and demand-driven, experiential innovation in the informal sector, leveraging and upgrading technological capabilities in the informal sector, and developing a supportive overall framework.To promote more collaboration between universities and industry  various policy options are recommended, among them providing incentives for research projects that bring together consortia of businesses and universities through grants and tax incentives, strengthening the intellectual property rights regime, and creating and supporting technology transfer offices in universities (Boloet al.,2015; Guimón, 2013). A complementary strategy would involve supporting bottom-up innovation. Although some sectoral policies in Africa acknowledge the role of indigenous knowledge and grassroots initiatives, the strategies systematically neglect bottom-up initiatives as a site of innovation for sustainable development.
Key note speakers will discuss on personal experiences in transfering knowledge and promoting sustainable innovation in the region and with Europe as to extract lessons to increase innovation capacities and support innovation processess.
References:

UNESCO. 2019. Co-Designing Science in Africa: First steps in assessing the sustainability science approach on the ground. C. Aguirre-Bastos, J. Chaves-Chaparro and S. Aricò, eds Paris, UNESCO. Open Access here: https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000368900.locale=en
Guimón, J. 2013. Promoting University-Industry Collaboration in Developing Countries (Policy Brief). Innovation Policy Platform, OECD and World Bank.

Speakers
avatar for PISERRA RIBERA, JOAQUIN JORGE

PISERRA RIBERA, JOAQUIN JORGE

CEO, PURETI EUROPE
Specialized firm in research and development of solutions to mitigate polution in urban domains at a low cost. Nanotechnology and air purification.Winners of the iSCAPE project of the Horizon 2020 recognized as one of the 10 breakthorighs to shape European Union in the following 60... Read More →
avatar for Mei Lin Fung

Mei Lin Fung

Convenor, MLF Associates Inc.
Actively working with the World Summit on the Information Society to make participation by women to the 50/50 level for speakers and participants by 2022. Chair and cofounder with Vint Cerf of the People Centered Internet, gave the keynote on Decade of Digital Transformation at t... Read More →
avatar for Juliana Chaves

Juliana Chaves

Senior environmental consultant, Lifewatch ERIC
Ms. Juliana Chaves Chaparro (female) is a Senior International Consultant with extended expertise in Sustainable Development and Gender equality in Africa and LAC regions . She currently collaborating with LifeWatch ERIC as Biodiversity and Ecosystem services expert. Prior to this... Read More →
avatar for Maxwell Otim Onapa

Maxwell Otim Onapa

Director of Science, Research and Innovation, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MoSTI), Uganda
Dr. Maxwell Otim Onapa is a biomedical scientist who has specialized in the development and management of Science, Technology and Innovation and their integration into the national development process. He currently works as Director Science, Research and Innovation at the Ministry... Read More →
avatar for Isabel Díaz

Isabel Díaz

Senior Scientist, Professor, ICP-CSIC, Spanish Research Council, Addis Ababa University
Isabel Díaz got her PhD in Chemistry in 2001 from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid with Extraordinary Doctorate Award. She was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Massachusetts and the University of Minnesota during 2002 and 2003. She was awarded the Royal Spanish Society of Chemistry... Read More →
avatar for Andrés Fernández

Andrés Fernández

Founder & Managing Director, LaChrome®
25 years experience in Sales, Marketing, Public Relations and Communication in Tourism, Hospitality and Airlines Industry. 6 years experience as entrepreneur in Printing Industry for Arts and Interior Decoration. Strategic Consultant in Regional and International markets. Senior Business... Read More →
avatar for Almamy Konte

Almamy Konte

Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar
Dr  Konte  has  over  fifteen  years  of  experience  in  science  policy  and  innovation,  in  addition  to  his expertise in higher education and scientific research.He worked for eight years as senior expert in innovation policy at the African Observatory for Science... Read More →


Thursday June 17, 2021 11:00am - 1:00pm CEST
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