Presentation of the OECD project on governance of STI for global challenges


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Presentation given at the ICSU Rio +20 conference in June 2012 on the OECD-project STIG (on international governance collaboration on science, technology and innovation for meeting global challenges.

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Presentation of the OECD project on governance of STI for global challenges

  1. 1. OECD Steering Group for Governance ofInternational Co-operation on Science, Technology and Innovation for Global Challenges STIG ICSU/RIO +20 Rio June 15 2012 Per M. Koch Chair
  2. 2. The Policy Challenges• Problems are caused by systemic failure consisting of social, economic, cultural, biological , technological and/or environmental factors.• There are impact-chains between the different global challenges e.g. between climate, energy, water, food and health.• There may be irreversible tipping points we urgently need to avoid.• Global challenges cannot be adequately addressed by single actors.• We are all affected
  3. 3. The new global dimension adds complexity aswell as new possibilities• Until recently, global STI activities were mainly clustered in the “triad” (North America, Europe, Japan).• New countries are appearing on the global STI arena – Korea as example of successful technological catch up – Brazil (aeronautics, biotech), – China (solar and wind energy) – India (ICT, wind energy) – South Africa (coal liquefaction) –…
  4. 4. The role of science and innovation• STI play a crucial role in – Understanding the impact chains underlying global challenges – Understanding the interaction between various factors framing global challenges, including the social and cultural factors. – Developing solutions
  5. 5. STI Challenges• Single countries are not willing to bear costs of action• No agreement or comprehensive mechanism for multilateral STI cooperation in place• No consolidated knowledge regarding the strengths and weaknesses of different institutional settings
  6. 6. Global research and innovation governance• There is no world government• But in many fields of human activities, global governance structures exist, e.g. : – Intergovernmental agreements and related organizations – International networks of public, semi- public and private institutions – Multi-stakeholder initiatives with strong influence of civil society – Private governance, e.g. standards imposed by lead firms in global value chains – Private and civil initiatives
  7. 7. Policy Challenges• Develop narratives that makes both policy makers and the general public understand the seriousness of the situation.• Integrate STI in other policy areas.• Requires a strategic mobilization of resources that goes far beyond traditional hands-off, bottom up, initiatives.
  8. 8. STIG Deliveries
  9. 9. The analytical work is complete• Report to be published by the OECD this fall. DSTI/STP/STIG(2012)1 International Co-operation in Science, Technology and Innovation: Meeting Global Challenges Through Better Governance – General introduction and summary – Case Studies – Crosscutting chapter on governance
  10. 10. Five governance dimensions used inthe case studies• Priority setting• Funding and spending arrangements• Knowledge sharing and intellectual property• Putting STI into practice• Capacity building for research and innovation
  11. 11. Case Studies1. CGIAR: Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research2. Gates: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation3. GEO: Group on Earth Observations4. IAI: Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research5. IAEA: The International Atomic Energy Agency6. IEA: The International Energy Agency – Implementing Agreements7. JPI: EU Joint Programming Initiatives – Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FAACCE) + 2 mini case studies
  12. 12. The Oslo Workshop on International Co-operation in Science, Technology and Innovationto Address Global Challenges , May 18-20 2011 • Participants from all continents: policy makers, scientists and experts, NGOs, businesses • Arranged by – The Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research – The German Ministry of Education and Research – The Research Council of Norway • Presentations and background paper found at
  13. 13. Additional workshops and meetings • Steering Group Meeting in Korea 2010 • German workshop on global challenges 2011 • South African expert workshop 2011 • Two Norwegian workshops on global challenges, energy, wat er and food 2011
  14. 14. Planned activities• An OECD brochure that present highlights from the report• A presentation of STIG at a dedicated workshop at ICSU Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development prior to RIO +20• A thematic issue of the Journal of the Knowledge Economy covering governance• Workshop in London this fall
  15. 15. Some recommendations
  16. 16. Broad basedapproach• Go beyond “technology fix” paradigm.• Understand the socio-cultural context.• Technologies and solutions are more likely to be adapted if the political, economical and cultural conditions are addressed.• Exploit the economies of scale (specialization and complementarities) and scope (savings, cross-fertilization)
  17. 17. Diversity and flexibility• Respect the diversity• There is no universal solution to effective governance approaches for international co-operation in STI.• The changing nature of global challenges requires nimble governance approaches that allow for shifts to address arising needs.• Implement strategies and tools for communication with stakeholders and the public
  18. 18. Policy lessons• Compelling reasons for doing the work needed to mobilize and legitimize• A strong mandate supports commitment and ownership• If there is no high level political will, demand-driven approaches seem most promising
  19. 19. Governance• Need for high-level coordination• Priority setting, budgetary and implementation issues must be linked from the outset• Structural arrangements need to be flexible, informal and adaptable to changing circumstances and knowledge base• A combination of bottom-up and top- down approaches may ensure intelligent agenda- and priority- setting, and avoiding bias in selection process• The need for adapting new social practices or habits has to be addressed
  20. 20. National agendas• Effectiveness is enhanced if aligned with national research priorities• Some challenges run counter to national agendas• International co-operation leads to higher citation impact and resulting visibility• Convince existing funders to orient calls to the goals of international institutions
  21. 21. Funding and management • Funding and spending mechanisms should contain contingency provisions (cp. delayed payments etc) • Harmonize funding of special projects with core institutional funding • Multi-annual funding is preferable. Alternatively: Create funds within agencies.
  22. 22. Capacity Building • This is also about building the competences and networks needed for future endeavors • Capacity building, has to be included, in developing as well as developed countries • Some duplication is needed to develop alternative approaches • Foster south-south co- operation
  23. 23. Knowledge sharing and IPR• There is no one size fits all solution• Inventors and innovators may realize gains while still sharing results• Prioritize outreach from the research community to other stakeholders• Need for tailored approaches considering research needs as well as implementation/policy (acknowledging the two tribes of science and policy)• Knowledge sharing and IP provisions should be adapted to each phase of the collaboration life cycle• Industry involvement is important.
  24. 24. Thanks to: The STIG Steering Group Robin Batterham, Klaus Matthes, Young-sik Choi of the STIG BureauKen Guy, Yuko Harayama, Iain Gillespie, Ester Basri, Jana Maria Mehrtens, and René Carraz of the OECD Secretariat The STIG Expert Group Chief Scientist Andreas Stamm, The German Development Institute (DIE) Per M. Koch Innovation Norway