MIDDLE CLASSES IN AFRICA

Photographer Joan Bardeletti has set up a website, Middle Classes in Africa, which includes some great galleries of photos from Kenya and Ivory Coast. (Via Africa Is A Country)

Association of African Women for Research and Development

The Association of African Women for Research and Development (AAWORD -Senegal) highlights the importance of women’s participation in politics and development.

BRINGING AFRICAN SPACE SCIENCE DOWN TO EARTH?

by Adrian Ely, STEPS Centre The past years have seen several African countries beginning to invest in satellites for defence, communications, and other objectives. Nigeria is one example (see an interview with Turner Isoun, the man behind Nigeria’s space race, after the jump). In some cases, these technologies have been applied in agriculture or environmental…

DISCUSSING “INTERSECTING KNOWLEDGES” IN NAIROBI

by Adrian Ely, STEPS Centre The African Academy of Sciences‘ vision is to be the engine driving scientific and technological development in Africa. It was established by prominent scientists, and the membership is still focused around the ‘hard’ sciences, especially physics and mathematics. But from our recent trip to Nairobi it’s obvious that the contribution…

YOUNG AFRICAN SCIENTISTS IN NAIROBI

By Adrian Ely The first day of the 4th TWAS-ROSSA Young Scientists’ Conference in Africa on “Science and Technology (S&T) Enterprises in Africa” provided a platform for some great examples of applied scientific research being carried out on the continent. Much of this was problem-focussed, interdisciplinary research, rather than “ivory tower” science. However, several speakers…

ATPS PROMOTES FULL STAKEHOLDER PARTICIPATION IN THE RESEARCH FUNDING PROCESS

By Urama Kevin Chika, Executive Director, ATPS In response to the post titled “Opening up Research Funding at ATPS” by Adrian Ely, I would like to expound on the Network’s strategic approach to putting stakeholder participation at the core of the research funding process and throughout the whole value chain. This is built on the…

OPENING UP RESEARCH FUNDING AT ATPS

By Adrian Ely The African Technology Policy Studies (ATPS) network is made up of academics, policy-makers private sector and civil society. On the third day of their annual conference on “Africa’s response to global challenges through science, technology and innovation” I witnessed the network’s innovative approach to opening up the decision-making process for the allocation…

Kenya round tables

Two round table events were held in December 2009 in Nairobi, Kenya.

REBOOTING DEVELOPMENT: PROF CALESTOUS JUMA

“Rebooting development: Innovation policy in the age of technological abundance” was the title of the 13th Marie Jahoda Annual Lecture. It was hosted by SPRU on 7 October 2009. Calestous’ deep knowledge is obvious, as well as his passion for the role of technology and innovation in Africa. From the flier: “Developing countries are increasingly…

Background paper / Reforming the Global Food and Agriculture System: Towards a Questioning Agenda for the New Manifesto

By Erik Millstone, John Thompson, Sally Brooks In the face of the pressing challenges posed by hunger, malnutrition and the vulnerability of our food system, it is imperative that radical reforms to the food system are articulated and implemented.