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IMG 2981Malabo, Equatorial Guinea -On the 29th and 30th of August 2017, AOSTI and the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex, United Kingdom, organised a joint workshop on the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of the continental Science, Technology, and Innovation Strategy for Africa 2024 (STISA-2024) implementation.

The two-day workshop, was focused on developing an M&E framework needed to assess the implementation of STISA-2024, since the strategy was lunched by the African Union Commission (AUC) in 2014.

The workshop was an opportunity for policy practitioners, academics and other researchers to exchange views and experiences on monitoring and evaluation of STI programmes in the African context. At the end of the workshop, participants made several suggestions from which the themes listed below emerged as possible next steps in finding the most appropriate model to operationalise the monitoring and evaluation of the STISA implementation phases:

  1. Learning by Doing
  2. Harmonisation of the STISA M&E Language of Discourse
  3. Production of a STISA M&E Operational Model and Development of Performance Indicators
  4. Resources to operationalise the implementation of STISA M&E
  5. Areas which require future work.

The workshop was attended by Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), M&E, and policy experts from key stakeholder organizations such as AUC, NEPAD, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), academia, civil society, international organisations and Africans in the Diaspora.

Jointly funded by AOSTI and SPRU, the STISA-2024 M&E workshop is one of the recent activities that demonstrates by SPRU’s interest in working with AOSTI and AUC in strengthening STI policies and policymaking in Africa. Similar activities include the STISA-2024 debate organised at SPRU and various STI policy work with African countries. These initiatives are in line with SPRU’s current research and policy agenda on Transformative Innovation Policy.

Following the successful outcome of the workshop, respective teams are currently developing the STISA-2024 M&E indicators, framework, and supporting documents. AOSTI will share updates as the work progresses.

By: Dr Almamy Konte (AOSTI) and Dr Chux Daniels (SPRU)

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