Building African Capacity in Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators

In 2003, IDRC supported the African Forum on Science and Technology for Development (AFSTD), established by the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) under project 102135. This support led to the adoption of Africa's S&T Consolidated Plan of Action, accepted as a blueprint for S&T by the African Union and NEPAD. In the same year (2005), IDRC supported Mozambique's inaugural S&T implementation plan under project 103350. Both plans called for follow-up in two areas: human resource development and S&T innovation indicators. This project will endeavor to provide that follow-up by supporting a small grants competition and capacity building program with the objective of training approximately 35 researchers, practitioners and junior- to mid-level policymakers in the use and application of science, technology and innovation indicators. The training will seek to answer the following questions. What are S&T indicators? Why are S&T indicators important in development? What kinds of indicators are relevant to developing countries? What are the strengths and limitations of indicators? And, how should S&T indicators be used? The idea is to measure the S&T capability in the countries involved and to build a critical mass of researchers, practitioners and policymakers with a good understanding of the subject.

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Start Date

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

End Date

Monday, May 28, 2012


36 months

IDRC Officer

Santiago Rodriguez, Fernando

Total funding

CA$ 460,500


North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Mozambique


Networked Economies

Project Leader

Fred Gault


United Nations University Maastricht Economic and Social Research and Training Centre on Innovation and Technology ("UNU-MERIT")

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