CTA and S, T& : I Engaging ACP Young P h Ann Fr ancis    rof essionalsJ uditSenior Pr ogr amme Coor dinat orS &T Policy, C...
CTA and S,T&I - at a GlanceLaunched in 2003     Objective – To support the ACP region in their efforts to harnessscience, ...
CTA and S,T&I - at a Glance3 Strategic Focal Points    Facilitating the ST&I policy dialogue for ARD –national, regional, ...
Why Young Pr of essionals?Transformational change needed   ACP region is facing a knowledge and skills gap –ageing researc...
Why Young Pr of essionals?Global challenges = Interconnected solutions    New competencies needed - rapid advances in scie...
Innovation – more than S&T An Interactive process    Creating, using and exploiting ideas, knowledge   (scientific & tradi...
Multif aceted - Complex and           dynamic
CTA ST& and Young                        ICapacity Building Focus                  P essionals                   rof     C...
CTA ST& and Young                   ISome Feedback              P essionals               rof   Raised standard of article...
Some f eedback : Af rica- wide          Science CompetitionsReasons for ParticipationAnswer Options           1(strongly  ...
Some development Af rica- wideProfessional             Feedback:         Science Competitions     Nkobou, 2012. CTA Report
ConclusionWe need new approaches toaddress the complex challengesconfronting     society    &     theagricultural and rur...
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Supporting youth scientists_Judith Francis, Senior Programme Coordinator, CTA, Policies

  1. 1. CTA and S, T& : I Engaging ACP Young P h Ann Fr ancis rof essionalsJ uditSenior Pr ogr amme Coor dinat orS &T Policy, CTA, TheNet her lands
  2. 2. CTA and S,T&I - at a GlanceLaunched in 2003 Objective – To support the ACP region in their efforts to harnessscience, technology and innovation (ST&I) for enhanced agriculturalperformance, sustainable rural development and socio-economicdevelopment Purpose - ACP researchers, academics and civil society mobilized andempowered and influencing ST&I policy and decision-making processesand related programme implementation in support of agricultural and ruraldevelopment Approach - Partnerships with key ACP / EU organizations, scientists,women and young professionals and facilitating their continuousengagement through face to face expert consultations, training workshopsand greater integration of ICTs Focus on young professionals (18-35) in 2004
  3. 3. CTA and S,T&I - at a Glance3 Strategic Focal Points Facilitating the ST&I policy dialogue for ARD –national, regional, ACP and ACP-EU Information and communication management –dedicated ST&I web portal http://knowledge.cta.int/ Capacity building for enhancing participation inand for informing ST&I policy processes S&T Youth activities – competitions, regional workshops, training, publications, networking support (AYFST & PAEPARD)
  4. 4. Why Young Pr of essionals?Transformational change needed ACP region is facing a knowledge and skills gap –ageing researchers, academicians, technocrats etc Continued underinvestment in science / research -< 1% GDP invested Highest ranking ACP university in the world – 336 th(University of Cape Town). UWI – 784th and UNPG –9803th Empowerment a priority & a necessity
  5. 5. Why Young Pr of essionals?Global challenges = Interconnected solutions New competencies needed - rapid advances in science andtechnology e.g. biotechnology, nanotechnology, ICTs Research needed to monitor changes, develop newproducts, improve systems, understand issues, provideevidence for policy etc e.g. Climate change Innovation needed in all spheres – policy, product,processes, finance, markets e.g. Green economic growth Interconnected thinking, inter-disciplinary approaches, science–policy-society
  6. 6. Innovation – more than S&T An Interactive process Creating, using and exploiting ideas, knowledge (scientific & traditional), technologies & marketsResources Products, Services, Jobs Learning Competition, Failures, Opportunities, Threats
  7. 7. Multif aceted - Complex and dynamic
  8. 8. CTA ST& and Young ICapacity Building Focus P essionals rof Competitions (essays, scientific/research papers,videos) Scientific Writing & Editing Policy advocacy Communication Production of films/videos Publications Networking opportunities Mentorship, self-mobilization Giving Young prof essionals a Voice – Raising their prof ile
  9. 9. CTA ST& and Young ISome Feedback P essionals rof Raised standard of articles – additional publications Developed skills – inter-personal, networking,communication, research methods} Professional growth Funding opportunities – PhD study, research funds “I have become a mentor to young scientists and have been able to source funding to the tune of US $1,500,000”, Ayuk Tambe, IRAD Cameroon CTA - Empowering Young prof essionals
  10. 10. Some f eedback : Af rica- wide Science CompetitionsReasons for ParticipationAnswer Options 1(strongly disagree) 2 3 4 5(strongly agree) Response CountTo improve the quality 0 6 5 4 21 36and relevance of yourresearchTo have your work 2 2 6 13 14 37publishedTo increase 1 0 4 6 28 39recognition of thepotential of yourresearch activities toagricultural and ruraldevelopmentTo have an 1 0 4 15 18 38opportunity toinfluence agriculturalscience and researchpolicy processesTo have an 1 0 7 13 15 36opportunity to set theagendas foragricultural researchand development.To network 0 1 7 8 21 37To solicit or advocate 5 3 4 11 20 38for increasedinvestment/funding forresearchTo travel to another 20 6 3 7 2 34country for the firsttimeTo win the prize 6 0 5 8 17 37 Nkobou, 2012. CTA Report
  11. 11. Some development Af rica- wideProfessional Feedback: Science Competitions Nkobou, 2012. CTA Report
  12. 12. ConclusionWe need new approaches toaddress the complex challengesconfronting society & theagricultural and rural sectors - Enhance the ST&I policy & institutional framework Improve university and S&T infrastructure Increase research outputs Develop human resource base Share information, knowledge & experience Promote best practice & learning  Encourage enquiry, creativity, innovation and foresight Invest in young professionals – empower them – give them voice

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