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group pictureThis series of capacity building programmes in DEIP started with a training course which was held in Nairobi, Kenya, between the 6th and10th October, 2014. The training was organized by AOSTI in collaboration with the Pan-African University-Institute for Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation (PAU-ISTI) and the United Nations University, Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT). 

The workshop targeted participants from the Southern and Eastern African countries and two Regional Economic Communities (SADC) and COMESA). At least forty (40) African STI experts (policy makers, government’s official and other relevant stakeholders involved in STI activities) were trained and have acquired a complete comprehension of DEIP methodologies and principles. The workshop was funded by SIDA through the Work Package 1 of the Phase 3 of the African science, technology and innovation indicators initiative (ASTII). The Faculty which supported the workshop was fully supported by UNU-MERIT.

This partnership has been formalized through a five-year MOU which was signed by UNU-MERIT and the AUC on behalf of the African Observatory of Science, Technology and Innovation (“AOSTI”) and Pan African University Institute of Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation (“PAUSTI”).

The outcome to the training was the publication of a policy brief entitled “Innovation for Development in Eastern and Southern Africa, Challenges for Promoting ST&I Policy”. Elements contained in the policy brief are readily available for M&E of STISA as far as policy is concerned.

 

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