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The vision for the Observatory is to be a continental repository for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) statistics and a source of policy analysis in support of evidence based policy making in Africa.

The mission of the Observatory is to champion evidence-based science, technology and innovation policy-making by backstopping African countries to manage and use statistical information in accordance with the African charter of statistics.

Objectives:

  1. Enable African countries to discover their STI capabilities and direct such capabilities to solve pressing economic, social, environmental and other development challenges;
  2. Strengthen national capacities for STI policy formulation, implementation, evaluation and review;
  3. Improve the quality and dynamism of African NISs and related STI policies;
  4. Provide to African decision-makers up-to-date information on global scientific and technological trends in order to enable them to effectively engage in policy-making on STI issues;
  5. Strengthen national capacities for technology prospecting, acquisition or procurement;
  6. Reinforce regional and international STI cooperation.

 

Latest publications

Assessment of Scientific Production in the African Union Member States 2005-2010

Assessment of Scientific Production in the African Union Member States 2005-2010

This report on scientific production in Africa comes at a time when the African Union (AU) celebrates and commemorates its 50th anniversary and charts its development trajectory for the next...

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Science, Technology and Innovation Policy-Making in Africa: An Assessment of Capacity Needs and Priorities

Science, Technology and Innovation Policy-Making in Africa: An Assessment of Capacity Needs and Priorities

This study provides an indicative or preliminary survey of African countries’ common capacity needs and priorities for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policy development. The survey is intended to generate...

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Assessing best practices of science, technology and innovation observatories

Assessing best practices of science, technology and innovation observatories

  This report is a synthesis of best practices across national, regional and international STI Observatories. It describes both structure and activities, and then provides recommendations for the operation of AOSTI....

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