Capacity-building in Africa
The Academy wishes to make a tangible contribution to improving the climate for science and scholarship in developing African nations.
For several years now, the Academy has collaborated with the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) on capacity-building in Africa. The Academy assisted NASAC in drafting a Strategic Action Agenda. It is now helping NASAC execute this important agenda by implementing a joint work plan (June 2010 - June 2013).
The Academy collaborates with Africa in the following ways:
- It works with four academies in Africa in differing stages of development: Mauritius and Mozambique (both very young academies) and Kenya and the African Academy of Sciences (more established institutions).
- It focuses on climate change. The Academy has helped organise two conferences on this topic: 'Impact of and Adaptation to Climate Change in Relation to Food Security in Africa' (Kenya, February 2011) and 'Water Management Issues in Africa' (Mauritius, March 2012). The German academy Leopoldina was also involved in organising this conference. The conferences' recommendations will be presented to key African and global decision-makers.
- It aims to involve young researchers in these conferences and, more generally, in the work of the African academies.
- In cooperation with the French and Swiss academies the Academy has delivered a contribution to a communication training (France, 26 to 28 January 2012) for the staff of the African academies in order to build institutional and operational capacity.
0800 Nairobi KE
Phone +254 20 884 401 05
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NASAC offices in Nairobi, which it shares with the African Academy of Sciences (AAS).
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