Briefing Sessions in Africa and Europe (May'11)

With ERAfrica research funding scheduled to begin in early 2013, there is still ample opportunity for interested parties to join the consortium or to participate as unaffiliated funders and contribute to the determination of the impact the project is to have on Africa, Europe and the nature of Intercontinental collaboration. Extensive recruitment to this end is already underway via a number of briefing sessions to be held in Europe and Africa, addressing international groupings, other funding programmes and potential stakeholders of every stripe.

With ERAfrica research funding scheduled to begin in early 2013, there is still ample opportunity for interested parties to join the consortium or to participate as unaffiliated funders and contribute to the determination of the impact the project is to have on Africa, Europe and the nature of Intercontinental collaboration. Extensive recruitment to this end is already underway via a number of briefing sessions to be held in Europe and Africa, addressing international groupings, other funding programmes and potential stakeholders of every stripe.

With the aim of mobilizing African, European and International research programme owners and managers to participate in ERAfrica’s joint activities, a workshop designed as a consultation session with African organizations responsible for continental and regional science and technology programmes was held on the 23rd and 24th of June. ERAfrica was unveiled to representatives of 17 African countries, garnering unanimous approval and general encouragement. Held in Mombasa, Kenya and conducted under the auspices of the Kenyan Ministry for Higher Education, Science and Technology, the event united representatives from the governments of Botswana, Burundi, DR Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda and Zimbabwe. In both plenary sessions and breakaway groups, all were invited to scrutinise the ERAfrica structure and planned operationalization, and to provide comments specifically on the thematic area most appropriate for the project to focus on, as well as on the types of activities in which it should seek to engage.

Discussions held were lively and well-informed, and while a number of possibilities for an initial focus area for ERAfrica activities were raised, taking into account both African and European priority areas, the current state of research and future developments, it was eventually suggested that the field of “renewable and sustainable energy” might be an ideal area upon which to concentrate for the project’s first round of operational implementation. In terms of actual activities to be funded, most participants were partial to joint projects mutually financed by all participating entities, whether governmental or private, but it was advised that one or two complementary activities should also be considered, notably training programmes and inter-African mobility funding. In all cases support for the project was overwhelming, and a number of representatives indicated that they would certainly recommend participation to their respective ministries, thus promising an imminent, and significant, expansion of ERAfrica on the continent to which the project owes its name.

An equivalent European briefing session will be held in Brussels on the 21st of October in the South African Representation.

back to news section 


© DLR 09/20/2016 15:14 - All rights reserved.