ATPS Programmatic Strategic Objectives
The ATPS Phase VIII Strategic Plan 2017- 2022 has identified five strategic objectives for implementation under its programmatic objectives. These objectives cut across all the identified thematic priority areas of work. They are as follows:
Strategic Objective 1: STI policy research, policymaking and advocacy
Strategic Objective 2: Training, sensitization and capacity building
Strategic Objective 3: Youth and gender empowerment
Strategic Objective 4: Knowledge brokerage, management and commercialization
Strategic Objective 5: Intra-Africa and global collaboration and partnerships
Strategic Objective 1: STI Policy Research, Policymaking and Advocacy
Under this strategic objective, we plan to build capabilities, structures, and conditions for the co-production of scientific knowledge, technologies, innovations, and policies across the identified priority sectors for sustainable development in Africa. The concept of co-production of knowledge (transdisciplinarity) is strongly emphasized in the work of the ATPS to ensure proper contextualization and socialization of STI in the society for effective development, deployment, diffusion, commercialization and upscaling of innovations. AU also employs the use of STI in addressing/implementing its priority areas as contained in STISA. We recognize that an STI-led development is a political endeavour and hence will work closely with the political class and policymakers to attract their goodwill towards STI issues on the continent.
Strategic Objective 2: Training, Sensitization and Capacity Building
Under this strategic objective, we plan to enhance the skills and capacities of individuals and organizations in STI policy research, policymaking and policy implementation for sustainable development on the continent. Themes for training and capacity building/strengthening have been identified with the stakeholders comprising of researchers, policymakers, private sectors, civil society and the media. These themes will be continuously reviewed according to evolving needs and demands by the stakeholders. Such themes may include but not limited to STI policymaking/policy formulation processes, STI policy research methodologies, STI indicators and policy instruments, effective research-policy- practice linkages, effective science communication skills, entrepreneurship development, intellectual property issue, business development, green growth concepts and best practices, etc. ATPS has also developed standard manuals for conducting its capacity building trainings for its stakeholders on-demand basis.
Strategic Objective 3: Youth and Gender Empowerment
Under this strategic objective, we plan to nurture and harness the innovative potentials of African youth and women, since they constitute the largest segment of the African population. Investing in African youth and women (SDG 5) will definitely create wealth and ensure socio-political stability on the continent. In recognition of the powerful potentials of youth and women in society, the ATPS has created platforms to empower the youth and women to attain their aspirations and potentials. These platforms include the African Youth Forum for Science and Technology (AYFST) and the African Women Forum for Science and Technology (AWFST).
Strategic Objective 4: Knowledge Brokerage, Management and Commercialization
Under this strategic objective, we plan to broker the adoption, commercialization and sharing of locally developed scientific knowledge, technologies and innovations that could transform African society into an innovation-led, knowledge-based economy. Scientific knowledge will only be useful if it is translated into technologies and innovations useful for addressing societal needs. These are captured in SDGs 9, 10 and 11 as well as in STISA’s priority 3. We will act as independent knowledge brokers to foster effective policies and incentives for technology cooperation between and among institutions and countries for socio-economic development. We will recognize both modern and indigenous technologies and innovations and promote its acceptability, deployment and use.
Strategic Objective 5: Intra-Africa and Global Collaboration and Partnerships
Under this strategic objective, we plan to develop new forms of intra-Africa and global partnerships within and amongst stakeholders interested in achieving the continental STI Agenda (AU’s Agenda 2063) and the SDGs especially SDG 17. We will facilitate the culture of networking and mutual collaborations amongst STI stakeholders in Africa and internationally so as to foster the rapid deployment of technologies and technology transfer systems. We will support the harmonization of policies across regional blocs in Africa so as to foster integration and free trade within the blocs and the entire continent at large. To achieve this objective, we will work closely with like-minded institutions, develop MOUs and PAs that will build trusts and achieve enduring results.