Science and Technology cooperation between Africa and Europe
and Technology cooperation between Africa and Europe is based on political
dialogue and policies that serve as a framework for the cooperation between the
European Union and the African Union (AU)
Political relationship and the strategy for cooperation between the two regions
are outlined in different bi-regional strategic documents, primarily the Joint
Africa-EU Strategy (JAES)
adopted in 2007. The JAES defines 8 areas for
strategic partnership, including the 8th Africa-EU Partnership on
Science, Information Society and Space.
The objectives and priorities set by these political partnerships are
implemented through successive Action Plans which define the Priority Actions
for each partnership. The Priority Actions of the 8th Partnership
are to Support S&T Capacity Building for the implementation of Africa’s
Science and Technology Consolidated Plan of Action; to support the development
of an inclusive information society in Africa; and to enhance cooperation on
space application and technology. To address some of these Priority Actions, 19
specific initiatives are identified in the Book of Lighthouse
European Commission Resources:
The European Union supports research and development activities primarily through the Framework Programmes (FPs), which are proposed by the European Commission and adopted by the Council and the European Parliament. FPs have been implemented since 1984 and cover a period of five years, with the last year of one FP and the first year of the following FP overlapping. The current FP is FP7
, which will end in 2013, to be replaced by Horizon 2020
. FP7 is open to participation from organizations or individuals outside the EU Member States
, and associated countries
to include most of the world (International Cooperation Partner Countries
- CAAST-Net or the Network
for the Coordination and Advancement of sub-Saharan Africa-EU Science &
Technology Cooperation aims to increase
the quality and quantity of bi-regional cooperation in science and technology
between Europe and Africa, targeting areas of mutual interest and benefit. UniPID is a partner in this project.
- ERAfrica aims at promoting a
unified European approach to collaborating with Africa in the field of science and technology research for innovation and sustainable
development. The primary objective of ERAfrica
is the creation of a "European Research Area Network” for the African continent. UniPID is involved in the project through the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy.
- The Mediterranean Innovation and Research Action, MIRA is an INCO-Net
Coordination Action aims at developing a scientific and technological
partnership between the European Union (EU) and the Mediterranean Partner
Countries (MPC), by the use of dialogue platforms, identifying topics of common
scientific interest, promoting the creation of an Observatory of EU-MPC
scientific cooperation, and promoting the development of the Euro-Mediterranean
Innovation Space and other join initiatives with a research component.
- INCONTACT – One World builds upon the experience acquired during the first phase of the INCONTACT project that developed a cooperation
platform for the National Contact Points for International Cooperation (INCO
NCPs). The objective of this second phase is to establish a strong network of
INCO NCPs as focal information point for all activities under FP7 with regard to Third Country participation, and
acting as a facilitator for stakeholders and International Cooperation Partner Countries’ (ICPC) participants
- CPN-Africa is a network of Regional and Local Contact Points (RCPs and
LCPs) in sub-Saharan Africa to attract young African scientists to
participate in EU-funded poverty related disease research projects.
action for reinforcing the health national contact points network, HEALTH-NCP-NET aims to reinforce the network of National Contact Points
(NCPs) for the health related research areas and the Health theme under the FP
7 by promoting trans-national cooperation.
NCPs cooperating to improve their effectiveness, ENV-NCP-TOGETHER aims to
reinforce the cooperation between the people and institutions appointed as
national contact points (NCP) for the theme Environment in FP 7.
- IST-Africa is
focused on strengthening the research dimension of Information
Society policy dialogues between the European Commission and African countries
and key regional organisations; analysis of African ICT research priorities;
and raising wider awareness of African research capacity. IST-Africa aims to
increase visibility of mutual RTD potential and to network relevant European
and African stakeholders.
- EuroAfrica-ICT aims at encouraging
African participation in EU-funded projects under ICT
Theme, Supporting the implementation of the "8th Africa-EU Strategic
Partnership” and the JEG8 activities, and building a community and connecting
researchers to strengthen EU-African ICT collaborative research.