CAAST-NET PLUS : Advancing SSA-EU cooperation in research and innovation for global challenges

Project identifier 81-CAAST-NET PLUS
Project Status finished
Start date 2013-01-01
End date 2017-12-01
Roadmap Theme
  • Cross-cutting issues: Coordination between European and African FNSSA R&I projects
  • Cross-cutting issues: Engagement between African and European R&I communities
  • Type of Project Strengthening partnerships and alignment projects
    Keyword Bi-regional cooperation; public-private partnership; mutual learning
    Location
    Main Funder Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) (FP7)
    Coordinator The Association of Commonwealth Universities
    Partners
  • Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research
  • Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR-Ghana)
  • The Research Council of Norway
  • Department of Science and Technology (DST)
  • Research Africa
  • Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST)
  • Uganda National Council for Science & Technology (UNCST)
  • Republic of Rwanda Ministry of Education
  • Research Institute for Development (IRD)
  • Ministério do Ensino Superior, Ciência e Inovação
  • German Aerospace Center (DLR)
  • University of Jyväskylä
  • Ministère de la recherche scientifique
  • National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion Act
  • Fundación Española para la Cooperación Internacional, Salud y Política Social
  • Fundacao para a ciencia e a Tecnologia (FCT)
  • Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED)
  • Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation (CTA)
  • Idryma Technologias kai Erevnas
  • Direction of Research, Ministry of National Education and Scientific Research (DR-MENRS)
  • Malawi Ministry of Education, Science and Technology
  • Association of African Universities (AAU)
  • Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
  • Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI)
  • Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD)
  • Project Web Site https://caast-net-plus.org/

    Description

    Objective
    In 2007, heads of state and government from Africa and Europe launched the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) formulated in response to geopolitical changes, globalisation and the processes of integration in Africa and Europe. At the heart of the JAES is an overtly political relationship and among the features distinguishing JAES from previous Africa-Europe policy initiatives is an associated rolling action plan addressing priority areas for Africa-Europe cooperation. The contribution of scientific and technological research, development and innovation, and the centrality of capacity research for economic and social growth and poverty alleviation, and for addressing global societal challenges of mutual interest is implicit. The value of cooperation between the continents is central and under JAES has already led to significant achievements for mutual benefit.
    CAAST-Net Plus objectives encourage more and better bi-regional STI cooperation between for enhanced outcomes around topics of mutual interest, and particularly in relation to the global societal challenges of climate change, food insecurity and health.
    CAAST-Net Plus actions rely on bi-regional dialogue among stakeholders for gathering informed opinion and experience about the bi-regional cooperation process, formulating and disseminating it in such a way as to be admissible to the formal bi-regional STI policy dialogue process and to programme owners.
    Through informing the bi-regional policy dialogue for mutual learning and awareness, through building support for coordinated and innovative approaches to bilateral funding of bi-regional cooperation around global challenges, brokering the public-private relationship to foster improved uptake and translation of bi-regional research partnership outputs into innovative technologies, good and services, and through dedicated mechanisms to encourage bi-regional research partnerships, CAAST-Net Plus will make invaluable contributions to the quality and scope of the Africa-Europe STI relationship for mutual benefit.
     
    Outcomes and Outputs

    CAAST-Net Plus delivers important contributions to the quality and scope of the Africa-Europe STI relationship for mutual benefit through: 

    • Informing the bi-regional policy dialogue for mutual learning and awareness.
    • Building support for coordinated and innovative approaches to bilateral funding of bi-regional cooperation around global challenges. 
    • Brokering the public-private relationship to foster improved uptake and translation of bi-regional research partnership outputs into innovative technologies, good and services. 
    • Providing dedicated mechanisms to encourage bi-regional research partnerships.