The African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS) in collaboration with SDPlanNet partners from Latin America and Caribbean region, and Asia & Pacific regions, host a regional workshop on: “Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through transformative governance practices and vertical alignment at the national and sub-national levels”,March 3-5, 2014, Hilton Hotels, Nairobi Kenya. The three-day workshop convened approximately 30 government planners, policy-makers and experts from across Africa, and experts from elsewhere to advance a community of innovative practice and create a knowledge base and capacity building agenda for national and sub-national strategy-making, planning and implementation.
ATPS Executive Director, Prof. Urama Kevin Chika, exhorts Governments and Mining companies to consider the Environmental Infrastructure – Land, Water and Ecosystems in Mining Operations
Speaking at an Expert Roundtable hosted by the World Bank Group and Australian Aid at the ongoing mining Indaba in Cape Town, South Africa, Prof. Urama encouraged governments and mining companies to explore the nexus amongst mining operations and environmental infrastructure – land, water and ecosystems, stressing that the latter is the mega-structure that will sustain mining business and profitability in the long run. The rush for minerals and energy in Africa is driving increased expansion of investments into remote areas in the continent, hence delivering multiple economic development benefits in rural communities, said Prof. Urama.
African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS) is the best Think Tank Network; best managed Think Tank; and has the most Significant Impact on Public Policy in Africa, Says a Global Survey
The 2013 Global Go Think Thanks and Civil Society Index released in January 2014, ranks the ATPS as the best managed Think Tank in Africa (18th globally); best Think Tank Network in Africa (14th globally); and the best Think Tank in Africa with the Most Significant Impact on Public Policy (29th globally). In addition, the ATPS also came first in raking amongst its peers in Africa in most the criteria relevant to its mandate and strategic priorities, including: institutional collaboration involving two or more Think Tanks (13th globally); Best Trans-disciplinary Research Program at a Think Tank (11th globally); and Think Tanks with the Best Use of the Internet (25th globally).
The ATPS Board Chair, Prof. Shaukat Abdulrazak and the Executive Director, Prof. Kevin Urama have been elected as Fellows to the African Academy of Sciences(AAS). The AAS fellowship program is an initiative to honour and acknowledge African scientists who have become internationally renowned in their respective fields.
ATPS Board Member, Prof. Turner Isoun, launches a book: “Why Run Before Learning to Walk? Reflections of High Technology as a Strategic Tool for Development in Nigeria”
ATPS and Murdoch University’s Centre for Food and Bio Security sign a Memorandum of Understanding on Food and Bio security
Murdoch University's Deputy Vice Chancellor-Research, Prof. David Morrison and the ATPS Executive Director, Prof Kevin Urama sign off the MoU. Murdoch University, 28th August 2013 (Click to enlarge)The African Technology Policy Studies (ATPS) and Murdoch University’s Centre for Food and Biosecurity have signed a memorandum of understanding that will see the two institutions cooperate in the development and implementation of food and bio security programs.
Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services, Social Sustainability and Tipping Points in African Drylands (BEST) Policymaker, Practitioner, Community User and Researcher Workshop
The African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS), University College London (UCL), Institute of Zoology, London (IOZ), and International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) will be hosting the final project workshop on a collaborative project dubbed Biopersity, Ecosystem Services, Social Sustainability and Tipping Points in African Drylands (BEST) which is nearing its completion. The workshop will be held on 13th August 2013 at the JVC Auditorium, ILRI in Nairobi, Kenya.
The ATPS Executive Director addresses the Global Green Growth Summit in South Korea on Green Technologies and innovation (Click to enlarge)The ATPS Executive Director participated in the deliberations on the future of Green Growth, with regard to Finance, Innovation and Policy. This was at the Global Green Growth Summit 2013, held on 10 – 11 June 2013 at the Songdo Convensia, Republic of Korea.
Introductory Session of the workshop on Diffusion Strategies (Click to enlarge) The ATPS in collaboration with United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and UNU-MERIT held a policy makers’ conference to discuss the Diffusion Strategy of Green Technology and Green Industry in Africa. The conference held on 14th June 2013 at Silver Springs Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya; specifically discussed Renewable Energy Technologies (RET e.
Rob Byrne (Standing) of Sussex University follows the workshop proceedings (Click to enlarge) The ATPS is currently hosting members from the University of Sussex at its secretariat offices. The team is working in an ATPS-Sussex University collaborative project called “Pro-poor, low carbon development: Improving low carbon energy access and development benefits in Least Developed Countries (LDC) project”.
The ATPS in collaboration with United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and UNU-MERIT held a workshop with selected key actors and policy makers’ in the energy sector in Kenya, that discussed Diffusion Strategy of Green Technology and Green Industry in Africa. A key aspect that was discussed at the workshop was how policies could be better framed to facilitate the uptake of energy efficiency and renewable technologies in developing countries.
The African Technology and Policy Studies Network (ATPS) has been listed amongst the top 100 think tanks globally and number 8 in Africa in the just released 2012 Go To Think Tanks Index Report. This Report is comprised of the results of 2012’s Rankings and summary of the major trends and issues with respect to think tanks worldwide, as they have been identified through the annual survey of think tanks and the Program’s interviews with the staff of think tanks and civil society organizations in every region of the world.
PARIS – 5 April 2013 - Africa's economic growth is under pressure due to the changing climate, but green growth presents a chance for the region to foster sustainable development. “Developing countries ought to see green growth as a way to use their resources better, and in more efficient ways, ” said Prof. Kevin Urama, Executive Director of the Africa Technology Policy Studies (ATPS).
ATPS Participated in a 2 day workshop on Climate Change Adaptation and Peace building in Africa. The workshop, which was co-sponsored by Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Institute for Security Studies, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and U.S. Department of State was aimed at providing an opportunity for leading African scholars and practitioners to engage with 30-40 U.S.-based experts from multiple levels of the climate change, adaptation, humanitarian, and peace building communities in order to identify and debate both challenges and opportunities presented by climate change adaptation.
Lack of appreciation of indigenous research findings, that would form the basis of policy formulation, is a serious drawback to Science Technology and Innovation in Africa. This was expressed by Dr. Nicholas Ozor who is the Senior Research Officer at the African Technology Policy Studies Network.
The ATPS executive director Prof Kevin Urama represented the ATPS in a science policy workshop organised by UNESCO’s pision for Science Policy and Sustainable Development in collaboration with countries from West and Central Africa. The workshop held from 12-14 March 2013 at Novotel Hotel in Dakar, Senegal aimed to analyse STI and policy instruments in line with the conference theme “Better governance on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI).
The ATPS participated in the first Bio-Innovate Regional Scientific Conference at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 25 – 27, February 2013. During the conference the ATPS Presented a paper titled “The Status of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policies in Eastern Africa”.