The ATPS is a trans-disciplinary network of researchers, policymakers, private sector actors and the civil society that promote the generation, dissemination, use and mastery of STI for African development, environmental sustainability and global inclusion.
The ATPS Phase VIII Strategic Plan for 2017-2022 has identified four strategic priority areas of focus during the period. These are: agriculture, food and nutrition; energy; climate change and environment; and health.
The ATPS network functions through National Chapters in 30 countries (27 African and 3 Diaspora chapters). The National Chapters operate under National Coordinators who provide intellectual and administrative leadership at country level.
Drawing on its rich network of experts in all aspects of the innovation systems in African countries: The policymakers, science experts, private sector actors and the civil society actors, ATPS ensures that its STI policy research and policy making programs are:
Fully embedding Africa’s social, economic and political realities, addressing African policy priorities (i.e. socialization of STI in Africa);
Effectively engaging all actors in the relevant innovation system in knowledge generation, dissemination, and deployment in policy design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation (i.e. democratic governance of STI in Africa);
Implemented at improved cost-effectiveness and low administration costs ratios (i.e. enhanced value for money invested).
Achieving tangible impacts on the livelihoods of citizens in African communities;
Influencing and informing public policies with cutting edge STI knowledge;
Fostering development, deployment and diffusion and technological and social innovations at all scales for African development;
Facilitating intra-Africa and global partnerships in STI policy research, policymaking and implementation for sustainable development;
Nurturing and harnessing the innovative capabilities of African youths and women;
Brokering the sharing of knowledge, technologies and innovations within African countries and internationally; and
Building STI capabilities for sustainable development in Africa.