Capacity Building on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) through education and training: the ADB experience

Date: Monday, 6 June 2011
Venue: Lisbon Congress Center
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Mr. Boukary Savadogo, Division Manager, African Development Bank

At the dawn of the twenty-first century, Africa is again confronted with a number of challenges to development which require innovative policies and strategies, so as to stabilize and improve the macroeconomic and sectoral environment. These new challenges of development include the growing importance of the knowledge society/economy, the development of new trade agreements which include commercialization of education services, innovations relating to information, communication and technology (ICT), and the preponderance given to the role of the market and the market economy.

In view of its role as the premier finance institution on the continent, the Bank in the context of its strategic orientation, formulated a Higher Education Science and Technology (HEST) Strategy. The HEST Strategy was developed in recognition of the need to reform and transform higher education systems in Africa in order to increase the competitiveness of African countries by concentrating on provision of the needed expertise in science and technology as well as incorporating intermediate and higher level vocational and technical skills (TVET). The strategy identifies a need to take: “an expanded view of skills development as being on a continuum that involves technical, scientific and technological aspects… curriculum and programme development must be informed by a selection of content and design considerations that cover low-level, intermediate-level , and high-level skills” The Bank is now working on the development of a range of operational strategies in line with the HEST Strategy.

This process has involved a wide range of consultations and in this context that the Bank is planning to hold, in July 2011, an Africa Regional STI Forum to (i) to share experience and ideas on best practices in promoting STI in Africa; (ii) discuss evolving strategies for developing STI through education and training systems; and (iii) explore possible operations for the promotion of STI that could be funded by AfDB and other development partners.

The purpose of this side event is to discuss the Bank’s experience and preliminary findings in the development of operational strategies for STI in Education and obtain inputs for the planned Regional STI Forum.

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