ATPS Thematic Priorities
The Phase VII Strategic Plan aims to improve understanding and functioning of STI policy research and policy making processes and systems to strengthen capabilities, social responses, and governance of STI-led sustainable development in Africa.
ATPS does not engage in basic research and development. Instead, it enhances the understanding and functioning of the interface between scientific and policy research; technological development, deployment and transfer; and innovation incubation and diffusion, in a holistic and systemic way.
Understanding the knowledge systems and policy conditions to enhance the valorization (transformation) of scientific knowledge into technologies and innovations (commercialization);< Brokering the circulation (knowledge transfer), socialization (adaptation), deployment and diffusion (upscaling) of technologies and innovations for sustainable development in Africa, is the central focus of the ATPS.
The following are the strategic priorities of the ATPS:
- STI Policy Research and Research Capacity Building (STI-RCB)
- Intra-Africa and Global Collaboration and Partnership (IGCP) Program
- Youth and Gender Empowerment (YGEP)
- Training and Sensitization (T&S)
- STI Knowledge Brokerage, Commercialization and Policy Advocacy (KB-CPA)
STI Policy Research and Research Capacity Building (STI-RCB)
This focus is designed to build capabilities, structures, and conditions for the co-production of scientific knowledge, technologies, innovations, and policies for sustainable development in Africa. This will be achieved through;
international, regional and national collaborative STI policy research programs, addressing specific policy priorities in theidentified research themes;
STI research methodology training and institutional support programs on emerging STI policy research subjects,
Strategic Research on National Innovation Systems, to enhance the framework conditions for inclusive innovations and entrepreneurship in the selected sectors, including energy systems, agricultural value chains, health systems, and the environment.
Research Priority Themes for the Phase VII period
- Agricultural innovations for food and biosecurity in Africa
Specific priority will be given to improving productivity and resilience, reducing waste and environmental pollution, and improving value addition along the agricultural value chain from farm to table through development and deployment of indigenous and modern technologies for farming (e.g., biotechnology, genetics, nanotechnology, and other biosciences innovations), social innovations for farming including the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), smart mobile telephones and satellite data, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), etc.; and institutional innovations, policies and incentives for realizing the potentials of African agriculture for enhanced food security globally;
- Democratic governance of STI policies, institutions and knowledge systems
This will involve provision of institutional support to governments and STI institutions to inform reforms in policies, institutional structures and knowledge conditions that shape the type of STI graduates produced in Africa. Emphasis will be paid to mainstreaming trans-disciplinary skills and methodologies, systems thinking approaches, entrepreneurship skills and innovation. The ATPS will support the activities of the Association of African Universities (AAU), the AUC facilitated Pan-African University (PAU), and the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) in the delivery of this objective, effectively fostering transitions to third general Universities in Africa.
- Integrated management of environmental infrastructure
This program will include STI policy research on integrated management of natural resources (land, water, biodiversity, minerals, and ecosystem services); revaluing ecosystems, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and fostering transitions to inclusive green growth in Africa;
- Health Innovation Systems Program
This will include integrated research programs on innovations and policies for sustainable health delivery and health risk prevention, including health technology policy studies, and social innovations for advancing health and wellbeing in communities. Specific attention will be paid to the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and social innovations for health delivery, risk prevention and mitigation. Potential projects include: Telemedicine, e-medicine using mobile telephone platforms and social networking sites,indigenous approaches to nutrition for health and wellness; mobile health diagnostics systems, etc.
Intra-Africa and Global Collaboration and Partnership (IGCP)
Our second focus that is designed to develop new forms of intra-Africa and global partnerships within and amongst stakeholders for achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa. Implementation activities will include;
- proactive ssupport to the African Union Commission (AUC), the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD), the Regional Economic Communities (RECs), and their member states in identifying and fostering intra- Africa and global partnerships in selected STI policy sectors;
- Facilitated collaborative STI policy research partnerships and skills mobility programs;
- Regional collaboration in STI policy development within the RECs in priority sectors including energy, water, climate change, green growth, and environmental governance;
- support to the African Union Commission’s work on Minimum Integration Program (MIP) in selected priority sectors including infrastructure and energy, agriculture, industry, and science and technology.
Strategic Priorities of the IGCP Program
- Support the AUC, NEPAD, the RECs, and their member states in identifying and fostering intra-Africa and global partnerships in selected STI policy sectors;
- Facilitate collaborative STI policy research partnerships and skills mobility programs amongst the stakeholders in the design and implementation of home-grown, endogenous STI policy research addressing Africa’s development needs based on priorities set by national governments and the AUC, etc.;
- Facilitate regional collaboration in STI policy development within the RECs in priority sectors including energy, water, climate change, green growth, and environmental governance in liaison with the AUC, AfDB, NEPAD, the RECs, UNECA, UNESCO, UNEP, and other partners;
- Support the African Union Commission’s work on Minimum Integration Program (MIP) in selected priority sectors including
Recent MoU’s between ATPS ans its partners
ATPS signs a memorandum of understanding with AFAAS
The African Technology Policy Studies (ATPS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) on 26th July 2016. The memorandum was signed by ATPS Executive Director Dr. Nicholas Ozor and the AFAAS Executive Director Dr. Salim Mohammed Nahdy.
The African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) is a continental organization for Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services (AEAS) in Africa. Its objective is to create efficient, effective and synergistic linkages and partnerships between AEAS of member countries to improve the delivery of AEAS to farmers and other value chain actors. Its specific focus is on knowledge and innovations support for enhancing the utilization and adoption of productivity-enhancing technologies, value-adding processes and loss-reducing practices in the value chains within which small holder producers are embedded.
The African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS) is a trans-disciplinary network of researchers, policymakers, private sector actors and the civil society that promotes the generation, dissemination ,use and mastery of science, technology and innovations (STI) for African development, environmental sustainability and global inclusion. It implements it’s its programs through members and partners in National Chapter established in 30 countries (27 in Africa and 3 in Diaspora).
The MoU aims to consolidate, develop and intensify the two parties’ cooperation and effectiveness to achieve the common objectives in the field of agriculture, innovation and advisory services for sustainable development in Africa.
The MoU will facilitate collaboration between the two organizations to further their shared goals and objectives with regard to fostering collaboration and strengthening working relationships between AFAAS and ATPS. This is aimed at accelerating Africa’s quest to eradicate poverty, hunger and malnutrition and improving the general well-being of its people through technology transfers and advisory services. Other objectives of the MoU include to:
- broker knowledge and dialogue on regional agricultural policies, advisory services and market development in Africa;
- enhance cooperation between both institutes on key thematic areas of common concern and interest;
- support scaling up and out of innovations in Africa;
- contribute to inpidual and institutional strengthening of advisory services in Africa agriculture; and
- promote capacity building and institutional development of both organizations through partnership ,cooperation and exchange.
ATPS signs a Memorandum of Understanding with AERC
The African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) on 26th February 2016. The MoU was signed by the ATPS Executive Director, Dr. Nicholas Ozor and the Executive Director of AERC, Prof. Lemma W. Senbet.
The MOU provides a framework of cooperation and understanding between the two organizations to further their shared goals and objectives including to:
- enhance cooperation between both institutions on key thematic areas of common concern and interest;
- promote capacity building and institutional development of both organization s through partnership, cooperation and exchange;
- collaborate in joint preparation and implementation of research programs of mutual interest for the overall development of Africa;
- broker knowledge and dialogue on regional science ,technology and innovation (STI)and economic policy as well as market development in Africa; and
- contribute to institutional strengthening of African regional organizations, in the context of regional integration, trade and policy framework and processes.
The African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) is devoted to the advancement of economic policy research and training. It is also mandated to strengthen local capacity for conducting independent, vigorous inquiry into the problems facing the management of economics in sub-Saharan Africa. The African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS) is an trans-disciplinary network of researchers, policymakers, private sector actors and the civil society that promotes the generation ,dissemination, use and mastery of science ,technology and innovations(STI) for African development , environmental sustainability and global inclusion.
ATPS signs a Memorandum of Understanding with AAIN
The African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN) on 6th June 2016. The MOU was signed by ATPS Executive Director Dr. Nicholas Ozor and the Chief Executive Officer Dr. Alex Ariho.
The African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN) seeks to facilitate the establishment and growth of sustainable agribusinesses incubators, coordinate innovative business models for agribusiness financing and investment, to enhance access to market for the network’s agribusinesses incubators. AAIN has the vision to be the hub for innovation for African agri-business incubation and has the mission to incubating agri-business through advancing entrepreneurial talent, networking, integrating science and technology for job and wealth creation in Africa. On the other hand, the African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS) is an trans-disciplinary network of researchers, policymakers, private sector actors and the civil society that promotes the generation ,dissemination, use and mastery of science ,technology and innovations(STI) for African development , environmental sustainability and global inclusion.
The purpose of MOU is to accelerate Africa’s quest to eradicate poverty, hunger and malnutrition and improve the general well-being of its people. Other objectives of the MoU include to:
- collaborate in joint preparation and implementation of research programs of mutual interests for the overall development of Africa focused technology incubation, testing and commercialization;
- contribute to the institutional strengthening of African regional organizations on incubation, in the context of regional integration, trade and policy frameworks and processes;
- provide knowledge and information management on a range of activities and especially agribusiness and agribusiness incubation;
- provide policy backstopping, insights, analysis and implementation frameworks on technology and commercialization of research results . This will entail but not limited to providing policy analysis and implementation frameworks with regards to the value chain of crops and livestock;
- train and build capacity on policy issues, entrepreneurship training, intellectual property rights, policy brief training, foresight studies, etc.; and
- to develop joint research proposals on areas of common interest and seek for funding on transforming agriculture from public and private sources.
Both organizations commit to the effective execution through enhanced collaboration around the following strategic areas:
- Agribusiness innovation incubation, start-up and commercialization of innovations.
- Programme/project development and implementation to enhance knowledge, information, and best practice in Africa.
- Partnerships, international cooperation and resource mobilization.
- Research and knowledge management.
- Policy advocacy and communication.
- Capacity development, graduate training, gender mainstreaming.
- Emerging developments, food and nutrition security, and environmental issues facing Africa.
Youth and Gender Empowerment (YGEP)
Designed to nurture and harness the innovative potential of African youth and women. Implementation activities include:
- Youth Innovation Challenge (Y I CAN) and Women Innovation Challenge (WE CAN) Programs designed to identify, nurture and incubate the growing exceptional cognitive talent and genius (scientific, technological, entrepreneurship and social innovation capacities) amongst the African Youth and Women;
- Youth and Women Social Entrepreneurship Programs – designed to mobilize and build social entrepreneurship skills, support small social business start-ups amongst African youths and women;
- Youth and Women Internship and Mentorship programs- designed to facilitate and encourage graduates from Africa and the rest of the world to gain valuable international development work experience in STI based institutions globally;
- Youth and Women Post-Doctoral Fellowships and Staff Exchange Programs- designed to support youth and women in their early careers to sharpen their skills in STI policy research and development work in Africa;
- Youth Social Innovation Camps – designed for peer to peer innovation and entrepreneurship skills enhancement among young School leavers, preparing them to become entrepreneurs and employers of labour rather than Job Seekers;
- Africa Makes, Creates and Innovates Award (MCIA) designed to identify, encourage, reward and celebrate African youth and women Inventors and Innovators who successfully produce technologies that solve practical social problems in Africa, and/or demonstrate exceptional cognitive talent and genius in their fields of endeavor;
- African Youth and Women in STI Congress- a biennial congress to be hosted in liaison with partners especially the UNECA, AUC, amongst others.
Youth Innovation Challenge (Y I CAN) and Women Innovation Challenge (WE CAN) Programs
Launched in 2009, the Youth Innovation Challenge (Y I CAN) and the Women Innovation Challenge (WE CAN) programs are designed to identify, nurture and incubate the growing exceptional cognitive talent and genius (scientific, technological, entrepreneurship and social innovation capacities) amongst the African Youth and Women. The programs provide seed grants to youth and women innovators selected through an open competition process to support targeted training, entrepreneurship skill development, internship and mentorship, and innovation incubation programs to help commercialize their innovations, technology prototypes, and/or transformative ideas for social and organizational change in Africa30.
Youth and Women Social Entrepreneurship Programs
Implementation activities are designed to mobilize and build social entrepreneurship skills, support small social business start-ups in liaison with social entrepreneurship initiatives in development partner organisations including the Rockefeller Foundations, Open Society Foundations and National Youth Agencies, etc. Social entrepreneurship has been recognized in various African government policy documents as the engine of economic change with a growing tendency for small and medium enterprises (SME) promotion
Youth and Women Internship and Mentorship programs
Designed to facilitate and encourage graduates from Africa and the rest of the world to gain valuable international development work experience in STI based institutions globally. The program provides unique platforms for development of soft skills required for life after school for young School leavers from Africa and globally. Many students from North America, Canada, Africa and Europe have already benefited from this program during the ATPS Phase VI period, and demand is growing.
Youth and Women Post-Doctoral Fellowships and Staff Exchange Programs
Designed to support youth and women in their early careers to sharpen their skills in STI policy research and development work in Africa. It also supports young people to acquire hands-on knowledge and exposure in the STI policy research and the private through staff exchange programs with like-minded institutions from across the globe.
Youth Social Innovation Camps
Designed to enhance peer-to-peer innovation and entrepreneurship skills among young School leavers; preparing them to become entrepreneurs and employers of labour rather than Job Seekers. Each Innovation incubation camp session will identify emerging innovators with outstanding genius and creative talent globally and incubate their ideas, prototype technologies, in liaison with leading experts and practitioners in their field of endeavour. Reconnaissance studies already show that youths are highly motivated when they are asked to work on real-world problems32, and youth social innovations are creating jobs in Africa.
Africa Makes, Creates and Innovates Award
Designed to identify, encourage, reward and celebrate African youth and women Inventors and Innovators who successfully produce technologies that solve practical social problems in Africa, and/or demonstrate exceptional cognitive talent and genius in their fields of endeavour33. The program will be implemented in collaboration with the digital TV networks in Africa such as DSTV Africa, and broadcast through other national/regional/international television stations in Africa and social media sites for global reach. The ATPS will also approach international TV stations including CNN, Aljazeera, BBC World News, and CCTN for possible collaboration in this initiative. Leading private sector actors and African Foundations will also be approached for potential collaboration in the program.
Training and Sensitization (T&S)
This is the fourth focus that is designed to enhance individual and organisational STI skills for African development.
Training themes will include;
- STI policy formulation and policy implementation, Social entrepreneurship, SME business start-up, Strengthening linkage amongst research, policy and practice
- Communicating science and technology to Parliamentarians
- Revaluing ecosystems, Green growth best practices, Technology transfer, Intellectual property rights, Writing STI policy briefs
- STI journalism and writing for the fourth estate
- STI for Artists (drama, cartoons, and other forms of art), STI for Media Houses (Television, Radio, Newspaper)
- Climate Change, etc.
STI Knowledge Brokerage, Commercialization and Policy Advocacy (KB-CPA)
Designed for brokering the commercialisation and sharing of scientific knowledge, technologies and innovations for Sustainable development and Innovation.
The ATPS will continue to play its longstanding role as the independent STI Knowledge Broker, Communicator and Policy Advocate, to ensure effective identification, sharing, deployment and diffusion of appropriate technologies and innovations in African development irrespective of its origin.
It will act as the independent Broker to foster effective policies and incentives for technology cooperation amongst African countries and between Africa countries and the international community.
- Multi-media publications including policy briefs, working papers, research papers, newspaper articles, news features, and other artistic impressions such as cartoons, etc.;
- Liaison with relevant Line Ministries and Government Agencies in partner countries to advocate, develop and implement policies and incentives for green technology imports and exports, respectively;
- Liaison with relevant partner institutions including but not exclusive to the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP), UNFCCC, and UNECA to develop technology cooperation and transfer policies, and identify potential sources of clean technologies for African countries and vice versa;
- liaison with African countries to develop bankable projects for the various global financial mechanisms for green growth and climate change;
- Advocating for development and deployment of policies and bilateral agreements for technology cooperation to enhance effective technology transfer between African countries, and internationally.