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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
Some development Af rica- wideProfessional Feedback: Science Competitions Nkobou, 2012. CTA Report
ConclusionWe 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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