Although packaged separately, these two reports, published last week by the Coordination and Advancement of Sub-Saharan Africa-EU Science & Technology Cooperation Network (CAAST-NET), are complementary and provide an analysis of the policy and institutional landscape as far as Science and Technology (S&T) and development are concerned in the EU and in Africa. They also suggest possible approaches to forging greater synergy between S&T and development.
“S&T for Development: the Institutional Landscape in Africa and Europe” provides an overview of the European and African institutional terrain and policy frameworks of S&T and development cooperation – the EU’s Framework Programmes and the European Development Fund (EDF), as well as initiatives under the auspices of the African Union (AU) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).
Whereas “Towards Better Synergy between S&T and Development: Proposals and Recommendations” addresses the relationship between S&T, on the one hand, and innovation, outreach and development, on the other.
CAAST-NET has been developed as a high-level platform, financed by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), to advance international cooperation between Europe and Africa for mutual benefit, in line with the objectives of the 8th Partnership of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy, on Science, Information Society and Space. To access summary and full version of the reports, click here.