Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation

IHERD Dakar Expert Meeting





About the Workshop

The purpose of this expert meeting, to be held on 8-9 October 2013 in Dakar, Senegal, is to present the preliminary reports/results of six research projects that IHERD has undertaken so far, and to discuss them with policy makers, practitioners and academics in order to take their views and comments on board in preparing the final reports.

The accelerating importance of the global knowledge economy has had qualitative implications for the way in which African countries pursue economic development planning. One of the more significant consequences has been the attempts to integrate higher education and research systems into macroeconomic policies for stimulating technological renewal (research and innovation policy).

Research and innovation policy differs radically from previous generations of science and technology (S&T) policy in three key respects that resonate well with the needs of African countries

  • emphasises 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, linked with regional and international networks.

The last has proven challenging since it brought into sharp focus the need for policymakers to understand the prerequisites and context in which policies for innovation are being implemented. The connection between higher education and innovation is a critical linkage about which there is little knowledge and understanding. This area has traditionally been a “black box” where it was thought that funders needed to know little of the details of the organisational practices and conditions under which research was produced. The shift from a linear to a system perspective and the corollary interest in effective sector coordination and institutional management has meant that research funding principals need to know more about the organisations they fund in order to design effective funding mechanisms.

Against the backdrop of these major changes in research and innovation policy and the tertiary education sector as a whole, the management of research and development (R&D) and innovation has emerged as a specialised area within both funding agencies and higher education institutions. Key areas include managing funds, liaising with funding bodies, project planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, as well as publications, research dissemination and, in some cases, commercialisation.

This expert meeting will to bring together 20-25 participants from francophone Africa, to reflect on the changing higher education and research landscape and its implications on research and innovation leadership and management at policy and institutional levels.

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.

Participation by invitation, targeted experts are:

  • Policy-makers and policy-shapers of research and innovation policies
  • Academics in the fields of innovation, higher education and research for development
  • Research leaders and managers from:
    • Higher education institutions
    • Public research organisations
    • Non-governmental organisations involved in research
    • Development Assistance Agencies supporting higher education and research







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