Capacity Development in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy

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Science, technology and innovation (STI) are the raw materials for achieving the SDGs, reducing poverty, and succeeding social inclusiveness. Tapping into the benefits from STI is not a trivial task, though. Countries require far more than just technical or scientific knowledge. They require strategic, managerial and policy-making skills that will allow them to elaborate and implement specific STI strategies for development, inclusive public policies and effective means of governing.

Building countries’ capacity through programmes in STI management and governance is a main focus of UNESCO’s work in the field of STI policy. The Organization’s activities in capacity building are strategically aimed at two target groups:

  1. Policy-makers, STI managers, and parliamentarians involved in the development of policies and their implementation;
  2. Academic institutions that (will) offer educational and research programmes and provide trainings on STI policy.

STI Training and Workshops

UNESCO organizes various workshops and trainings at both national, regional and international level to build capacities in STI policy, governance and management of innovation, with the aim of creating create a critical mass of expertise in these fields. More information

STI Policy Networks

UNESCO encourages the creation of associations and networks to promote cooperation between partner organizations to strengthen capacities in STI policy. UNESCO in setting-up academic and inter-university STI policy networks for STI policy training programmes and research to build vital national capacities in STI policy. More information

UNESCO Chairs and Centres in STI Policy

UNESCO Chairs and Centres in STI policy are an important component of UNESCO’s efforts in building countries’ capacity in this field. They play an important role as think tanks and bridge-builders, and facilitate the transfer, exchange and sharing of knowledge between institutions worldwide. More information

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