Direction de la Science, de la technologie et de l'innovation

IHERD Addis Ababa Expert Meeting

 

 

OECD/IHERD and OSSREA
 Expert meeting on implementing research and innovation policy at policy and institutional levels in Africa

19-20 September 2013
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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About the Workshop

Many African countries have established research and innovation policies and strategies which integrate higher education and research into macroeconomic policies to stimulate technological renewal. In addition to this national focus, the African Union is increasingly involved in stimulating development of research and innovation capacities through supporting various initiatives, including the Pan-African University.

The governance of public R&I is a difficult task because while research financing remains for the most part national, research is being conducted in increasingly transnational and global networks. That trend is important for African stakeholders to pick up on, since it includes research on key areas that are relevant for development, including for example research on climate change, urbanisation, water, energy, health and food security.

Research universities are central to build national capacity both for research, innovation and advanced education. Depending on their quality and resources, they are part of the global knowledge economy. Top research universities in industrialised countries (often referred to as the Super RUs) usually dominate the global ranking tables. In contrast, their counterparts in middle and low-income countries are striving to reach that stage and are serving as  engines of local knowledge development and natural leaders of their own evolving academic systems. As these systems become increasingly complex and the need to nurture knowledge networks for research grows ever more essential, the success of these institutions becomes even more crucial for national development policy.

During the past 20 years, the general trend is to combine research and innovation in the same policy package. Research and innovation policy now differs radically from previous generations of science and technology policy in three key respects that resonate well with the needs African countries.

  • emphasizes the need for universities and other public research providers to pursue research agendas that are anchored in the needs of the society which they inhabit
  • promotes public-private partnerships as a key mechanism for achieving linkages between the economy and higher education and research 
  • embraces a system perspective.

In the context of many African countries, building research capacity necessitates a primary focus on acquiring the critical mass of S&T personnel necessary to meet the most immediate local needs such as the production of students, conducting research etc. While a too heavily reliance on donor is a risky strategy, especially in times of weak financial recovery, it is clear that they play an important role in Africa.

Against the background of the changing global landscape in higher education and research, it is important for African countries apply strategies that enable them to get access to global networks and at the same time meet local needs.

This expert meeting will to bring together 25- 30 participants from Africa, Asia and OECD countries to reflect on the changing higher education and research landscape and its implications on research and innovation policy, leadership and implementation in the context of Africa.

 

The specific objectives of the meeting are to:

  • Identify professional, capacity and policy gaps to address effective research and innovation management at policy and institutional levels
  • Identify strategic options that can address the identified gaps

The discussions of this meeting will be guided by conceptual reports and case studies that have been commissioned as a part of the OECD/IHERD project.

 

Documentation

 

Draft Agenda

Opening Session

  • Mr. Paulos Chanie, Director of Research, Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA)
  • Ms. Åsa Olsson, IHERD project manager, Division of Country study and Outlook Division, OECD Directorate of Science, Technology and Industry
  • Mr. Paschal Mihyo, Executive Director, Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA)
  • Ms. Lena Johansson de Château, Research Advisor, Research Cooperation Unit Department for Global Cooperation, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)

Session I: Trends in research and innovation policy and implications on Africa

  • Mr. Jonathan Chuks MBA, Research and Academic Planning, African Association of Universities
  • Ms. Åsa Olsson, IHERD project manager, and Natalie Cook, consultant, Division of Country study and Outlook Division, OECD Directorate of Science, Technology and Industry, presentation of the Findings of the IHERD research report on the evolving path for strengthening research and innovation policy for development
  • Mr. Philippe Mawoko and Bi Irié Vroh, Science and Technology Policy, Human Resource Science and Technology, African Union Commission
  • Mr. Eli Katunguka, Professor and Director of Research, Makerere University, Uganda

Session II: Research funding instruments and modalities

  • Mr. Benjamin Buclet, Head of Capacity Building Department, Institute for Research and Development, IRD
  • Ms. Åsa Olsson, IHERD project manager, Division of Country study and Outlook Division, OECD Directorate of Science, Technology and Industry, presentation of the findings of the IHERD research report on public research funding instruments and modalities
  • Mr. Venni Venkata Krishna, Centre for Studies in Science Policy, School of Social Sciences, Jawharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; on the findings from the study on Center of Excellence as a tool for capacity-building?
  • Mr. Krish Bharuth-Ram, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa on the findings from the case study on Centre of Excellence in South Africa.
  • Mr. Ebrima Sall, Senior Programme Officer, CODESRIA

Session III: Leadership and management of research at institutional level

  • Ms. Alma Maldonad-Maldonado, Educational Research Department, Center for Advance Research
  • Mr. James Otieno Jowi, Executive Director, African Network for Internationalization of Education (ANIE), Kenya, on the findings of the report Research and Innovation Management: Comparative Analysis of Ghana, Kenya, Uganda
  • Mr. Benigna Jesus Zimba, Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique

Session IV: African Union initiatives

 

  • Mr. Philippe Mawoko, Science and Technology Policy, Human Resource Science and Technology, African Union Commission
  • Ms. Anshu Padayachee, presenting the report on th findings from the study on the Pan-African University and the African Research Grant (TBC)
  • Mr. Yohannes Woldetensae, Focal Officer for Quality in Higher Education, African Union.
  • Mr. Callistus Ogol, Focal Officer for Pan African University, African Union
  • Ms. Monica Idinoba, Focal Officer for STI programmes, African Union

 

Session V: Challenges and opportunities for African universities to increase knowledge production

  • Mr. Paulos Chanie, Director of Research, OSSREA.
  • Mr. Nico Cloete, Director, Centre for Higher Education Transformation, South Africa, findings of the HERANA project summarised in the report on challenges and opportunities for African Universities to increase knowledge production
  • Ms. Martha K. Ferede, Presidential Scholar, Higher Education Policy, Harvard University, finding on the forthcoming report on Brain Circulation: Potential for Knowledge Development and Network Creation
  • Mr. Venni Venkata Krishna, Centre for Studies in Science Policy, School of Social Sciences, Jawharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • Mr. Paschal Mihyo, Executive Director, Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA)

Session VI: Concluding Session: Key lessons for policy and practice

 

  • Ms. Åsa Olsson, IHERD programme manger, OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry
  • Mr. Paschal Mihyo, Director of Research, Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA)
  • Mr. Philippe Mawoko, Science and Technology Policy, Human Resource Science and Technology, African Union Commission
  • Ms. Lena Johansson de Château, Research Advisor, Research Cooperation Unit, Department for Global Cooperation, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), Sweden
  • Mr. Benjamin Buclet, Head of Capacity Building Department, Institute for Research and Development, IRD.

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Contact

For more information in IHERD, please contact Ms. Åsa Olsson (asa.olsson@oecd.org)

 

 

 

 

 

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