The project Strengthening African Academies commenced in July 2015 with a run-time of 3 years. The project’s aim is to foster the dialogue between science, policy and society. In order to have the input of African young scientists for publications for policy-makers, meetings were put together to allow the young scientists to contribute their views and to communicate with local and national African politicians and stakeholders. In these meetings, the Booklets for Policy Makers were jointly conceptualised, put together and presented, always including a communication event where the booklets were discussed. Both communicational and conceptual meetings and the publications (to be found as download below) focus on four main topics identified as most important challenges for Africa and for a new generation of effective science / political communication on the African continent: Agriculture, climate change, social health and water security. Throughout 2016, these topics defined the communication events, facilitating the presentations and discussions of the booklets as main tool for the communication between scientists and policy-makers.
Activities within the frame of the project will help to enable the African Science Academies in communicating relevant scientific findings in the crucial fields of health, water management, climate change adaptation, and agricultural biotechnology to African policy-makers and national and regional stakeholders.
Therefore, in 2016, the four topics of agriculture (spring 2016), climate change (summer 2016), health (autumn 2016), and water (winter 2016) were addressed with the publication of booklets, a communication tool connecting African scientists with policy-makers and stakeholders. On the basis of scientific evidence, challenges and opportunities were discussed in communication events which brought together policy-makers and scientists. GYA members contributed by commenting on the recommendations made in these publications from a young scientists’ perspective.
Through communication events and project collaboration, the contact and support within the membership of the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) will increase as a basis for high-quality research and stability in Africa.
Strengthening African Academies is jointly achieved and supported by five partners:
- The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
- the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC)
- the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)
- the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences (GAAS)
- the Global Young Academy (GYA).
The partners engage in activities that strengthen the position of African Science Academies as providers of independent science-based advice to policy-makers and societies in Africa.
Following the four key topics of agriculture, climate change, health, and water four publications were achieved:
- “Harnessing Modern Agricultural Biotechnology for Africa’s Economic Development
- “Climate Change Adaptions and Resilience in Africa
- “Changing Disease Patterns in Africa”
- “The Grand Challenge of Water Security”