Harnessing Science, Engineering, and Medicine to Address Africa’s Challenges

Project Status
Ongoing
December 15, 2017
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  • Nov172017
    Nov 17 2017 - Nov 18 2017 Third Working Group Meeting
    In parallel with its sister project on global policymaking, IAP-Research’s three-year project “Harnessing SEM to address Africa’s challenges” is progressing well, as it explores how African academies can better support the implementation of the SDGs and the continental plan ...
    Abuja
  • Sep192016
    Sep 19 2016 - Sep 20 2016 First Working Group Meeting
    The Working Group on  Harnessing Science, Engineering, and Medicine to Address Africa's Challenges  met for the first time in Nairobi, Kenya on September 19-20, 2016.  In a closed two-day meeting, the Working Group agreed the Terms of Reference, heard from guest speakers, ...
    Addis Ababa
  • Nov62016
    Nov 06 2016 AMASA Learning Collaborative
    The AMASA-12 Learning Collaborative Day will be a two-way process, designed to (1) raise the profile of, and (2) inform a new InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) project,  Harnessing Science, Engineering and Medicine to Address Africa’s Challenges . The information gathered at the Learning ...
    Johannesburg
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At-a-Glance
The IAP for Research is undertaking a three year project that is framed around Africa’s efforts to deliver the global SDGs, the priorities under STISA 2024 and the NASAC Strategic Plan.

The IAP for Research, in partnership with the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), and supported by Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY), is undertaking a three year project that is framed around Africa’s efforts to deliver the global SDGs, the priorities under STISA 2024 and the NASAC Strategic Plan. There is wide recognition that science, engineering, and medicine are critical to sustaining and building on the positive momentum that has been achieved in Africa. Currently, the research output of African Union member nations is small but is growing at rates similar to emerging science leaders such as Brazil, India and China. Despite encouraging progress in some areas and in some countries, Africa continues to face severe challenges in improving education, strengthening infrastructure, ensuring food security and access to sustainable water resources, building resilience to natural disasters and climate change, and combatting infectious diseases, among others.

The project, led by a working group co-chaired by Professor Robin Crewe, Director of the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship at the University of Pretoria, and Professor Oyewale Tomori, President of the Nigerian Academy of Science, will engage African and non-African leaders in science, engineering and medicine, African governments, bodies such as the United Nations and the African Union, the global donor community, industry, and other stakeholders in activities that demonstrate the value of independent academy science-policy advice, with the ultimate goal of ensuring sustainability of national investment of science and technology.  

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