Development of STI policy instruments in Africa

In 2014, UNESCO launched the project entitled “Support to the development of legal frameworks, policy instruments and governing bodies for the effective implementation of national Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policies in Africa”. This project is a follow-up to the project "Capacity-Building in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy in Africa", and is financed by the Spanish Government through the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID).

The governance of STI is a key issue in ensuring that STI activities make a real impact in development, and promote inclusive knowledge societies. Once countries have a national STI system in place, there is a need to develop adequate legal frameworks, policy instruments and a strong governing structure to effectively implement them.

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Map of country´s contribution, where the area of each country is scaled and deformed according to its number of publications

This initiative capitalises on previous work done by UNESCO, where 21 African countries received technical assistance on STI policy formulation and evaluation that contributed to mobilising the scientific and political communities, civil societies and the private sector to strengthen their national STI systems and governance.

The overall objective of the project is to assist Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, Niger and Senegal –four priority countries for Spanish cooperation- with the analysis of their national STI system in terms of gaps and policy needs based on:

  • The Global Observatory of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Instruments (GO-SPIN) survey;
  • The design of tailor-made STI policy instruments and/or STI government bodies to address gaps and policy needs; and
  • The exchange of best practices and lessons learnt.

The aims of the project are to:

  • Strengthen local capacity in designing, implementing, monitoring and implementing different STI operational strategies, policy instruments and governing bodies to achieve the national STI priorities;
  • Strengthen coordination and integration processes promoting synergies between the different national STI stakeholders and sectors (STI, planning, education, agriculture, health, industry, mining, energy, food production, tourism, etc.);
  • Promote local capacities for planning, implementing and monitoring public policies; and
  • Enhance regional and international exchange of knowledge, through the promotion of the GO-SPIN methodology, best practices networks, and partnerships.

More information on STI policy development in:

Download the project's brochure in English | French | Spanish

For further information, please contact the project officer: Ms. Juliana Chaves Chaparro

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