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Supporting Scientific Research for the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa/Daniel Nyanganyura

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High-level Meeting & Workshop on Environmental and Scientific Open Data for Sustainable Development Goals in Developing Countries. Madagascar, 4-6 December 2017

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Supporting Scientific Research for the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa/Daniel Nyanganyura

  1. 1. Supporting Scientific Research for the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa Daniel Nyanganyura International Workshopon Environmental and Scientific Open Data for Sustainable Development Goals in DevelopingCountries Antananarivo, Madagascar, 5 – 6 September 2017
  2. 2. About the International Council for Science (ICSU)  International NGO  Membership: • 31 Union members • 122 National members - 142 countries (Africa 27) • 22 Associate members (Africa 2) Strengthening International Science for the Benefit of Society Mission:
  3. 3. 3 ICSU Strategic Plan International Research Collaboration Science and Policy Universality of Science  Identify and address major issues of importance to science and society.  Facilitate interaction amongst scientists across all disciplines and from all countries.  Promote participation of scientists - regardless of race, citizenship, language, political stance, or gender—in the international scientific endeavour.  Provide independent, authoritative advice to stimulate constructive dialogue between the scientific community and governments, civil society, and the private sector.
  4. 4. Roles of ICSU Regional Office for Africa in ICSU Plan  Ensure that the voice of African scientists influences the international science agenda  Scientists from Africa are fully involved in international research programmes and activities of the ICSU family and its partners  Show African scientists as visible players in SETI for sustainable development in Africa (& their success stories)  Ensure that science is integrated into international policy development and that relevant policies take into account both scientific knowledge and the needs of science.
  5. 5. Africa’s Challenges
  6. 6. A map of the world with the areas of countries reshaped in proportion to their scientific growth James Wilsdon – Physics World October 2008 Scientific Research in Africa
  7. 7. ICSU ROA Science Programmes Science Plans (2006-8) - guided by the continent's priorities, and with consideration of the MDGs and the AU/NEPAD Science and Technology Consolidated Plan of Action Revised Science Plans (2016-17) – SDGs, STISA2024, Agenda 2030 in Africa, Agenda 2063, International Science Initiatives 7
  8. 8. 8 1. Science Plans Science Activities • Capacity building and networking essential part of all the projects developed from the four science plans • Implementers: African Scientists, Consortia, Steering Committee, Unions & NMs (SDGs realization) Implementation of ICSU ROA Science Plans
  9. 9. 9 2. ICSU Grants programme • Three grants of up to 300,000 € each (100,000 € per annum) - at least two ICSU Member Unions, competitive and peer- reviewed • Leading Integrated Research for Agenda 2030 in Africa (LIRA2030) ICSU, NASAC and ISSC – 10 research projects at 90 kEuro/project over 2 years – early career scientists in Africa (female/ inter-disciplinarity/social sciences) – Call 1 (2016); Call 2 (2017) • ICSU ROA small grants programme – an idea
  10. 10. 3. Database Project - Develop dynamic databases • African scientists (within and outside Africa) - national, continental, and international • Academic/research institutions on the continent - Form research networks to support these activities Need collaboration to build these databases and establish databases in Africa to harmonise activities at all levels
  11. 11. Can interactions be a key driver in the implementation of the SDGs? • Some goals and targets have conflictual relationships; progress in one area may come at the expense of progress in others. • Understanding potential synergies and trade-offs is critical for efficient and coherent implementation and monitoring Access the report at: http://bit.ly/sdg-interactions-guide 4. A Guide to SDG Interactions: from Science to Implementation
  12. 12. 3. ICSU ROA Book Project Objectives  To showcase African success stories on issues of scientific research and its development to serve the society  To show African scientists as visible players in SETI for sustainable development of the continent
  13. 13. ICSU ROA Book Published
  14. 14. Books in the Pipe Line • African Indigenous Medical Knowledge & Human Health • Food and Nutrition Security in Africa • Nanotechnology • Africa Climate Variability and Change • Energy Technology and Utilisation in Africa: Challenges and Successes
  15. 15. 6. Science for Policy Programme  ICSU ROA works at intersection of science & policy, to ensure that science is integrated into policy development; that relevant policies take into account both scientific knowledge and the needs of science; promotes dialogue and shared understanding between the scientific community, policy makers & society more broadly – SADC Ministerial Committee S&T – post 2015 agenda (S&T major group) – Science Advice to Government - International Network for Government Science Advice – INGSA Africa Chapter
  16. 16. Thank You For more information and up-dates, visit ICSU ROA website: www.icsu.org/regions/roa ICSU global website: www.icsu.org ICSU ROAP Website: www.icsu.org/regions/roap ICSU ROLAC Website: www.icsu.org/regions/rolac Email: d.nyanganyura@icsu-africa.org

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