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Outreach, Knowledge Brokerage & Policy Advocacy (OKBPA)

OKBPA program is designed to bridge the gaps the actors in the STI valorization chain: the scientists, the policymakers, the private sector actors, civil society, and local communities. ATPS outreach programs is built on the premise that unless science outputs are taken form the big libraries and internal journals to the streets, farms and local communities, the value added to funded research programs will be significantly limited. The knowledge brokerage function of the ATPS is built on the premise that there is so much wealth of knowledge (science, technologies and innovation) in the global

knowledge community that are not effectively translated to development efforts locally due to information asymmetry and other knowledge appropriation constraints. On the other hand, there is still a big gap between the different actors: African policy makers, scientists, practitioners and local communities. The ATPS therefore acts as a broker between knowledge and technology generators, the policy makers, the private sector, and local communities on the one hand, and between regions and countries on the other. Through Scientific Revival Days for Africa, press conferences, social networking at the regional & national chapter levels, annual conferences, targeted round table discussions, breakfast meetings, policy briefings, etc, the ATPS brings STI to stakeholders and vice versa. The aim is to encourage effective knowledge (technology) sharing between actors, between regions and between continents, while taking into account the need for adequate mechanisms for effective knowledge appropriation and adaptation strategies. The policy advocacy function of the ATPS focuses on advocating effective translation of STI knowledge into suitable policies, governance conditions and institutions to enhance effective and responsible innovations for development in Africa.



Africa Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Africa Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (AKTP) :Essential characteristics for successful partnerships between academics and business leaders that add value to the national economies in Africa Read More

National Conference for Dissemination of Research Results and Exhibition of Innovations in Kenya

2nd National Conference for Dissemination of Research Results and Exhibition of Innovations Read More

AAU 12th General Conference on Sustainable Development in Africa:

The Role of Higher Education Read More

Download special paper on the role of Higher Education in Africa

World Social Science Forum

ATPs Participates in the inaugural World Social Science Forum in Bergen, Norway Read More

British Science Communication Conference

ATPS Participates in British Science Communication Conference, organized by the British Association  in partnership with the Wellcome Trust , BP and the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills .

For more details, see http://www.britishscienceassociation.org/web/ScienceinSociety/ScienceCommunicationConference/_2009_Conference_Report.htm .

NEPAD University Dialogue

As part of the collaborative activities with NEPAD, ATPS participated with FARA, ANAFE, RUFORUM, CTA and other partners to organize a NEPAD-University Dialogue on 27 – 30 July, 2009 in Accra Ghana. Dr. Kevin Urama represented ATPS at the meeting. Read More

Renewable Energy & CDM Consultative Workshop

Ms. Wairimu Mwangi, ATPS Research Officer attended a workshop on ‘Renewable Energy & CDM Consultative Workshop on July 31, 2009 in Nairobi, Kenya. The workshop provided a forum where high profile Kenyan and Korean experts on environmental issues discussed environmental issues such as Climate Change, Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects, recycling energy amongst others. Preliminary links with the Government of Korea was developed by the ATPS at this forum.

An African Agricultural Policy Caucus: Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) Annual General Meeting.

The ATPS Senior communications and outreach officer represented ATPS at this meeting, where she chaired a panel discussion on “African Agricultural Policy”. The objective of the session was to gather ideas of stakeholders, champions and advocates of change in African agricultural training and research for development and to create an open space for public awareness amongst scientists, policy makers and civil society on various initiatives in agricultural tertiary education in support of policy and sustainable agricultural development. For more details, see http://www.ypard.org/ypard/digitalAssets/609_RUFORUM_Monthly_Newsletter_-June_2009.pdf .

Parliamentary Committees Sensitization Workshop on Climate Change

The Kenyan Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources (MEMR) in conjunction with the IDRC-DFID supported Climate Change Adaptation for Africa (CCAAA) through the IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC), the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) and the African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS), hosted a sensitization workshop for Members of Parliament in Kenya from 8-9 October 2009 in Mombasa, Kenya. Read More

CTA Advisory Committee Meeting: ICTS Transforming Agricultural Science and Innovation

The ATPS Executive Director attended the 8th Advisory Committee Meeting on S&T for ACP Agricultural and Rural Development. The theme for the meeting was “ICTS Transforming Agricultural Science and Innovation – Implications for ACP Agriculture”.  The meeting took place in Montpellier, France from 16 – 20 November 2009.

 

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