The African Union Agenda 2063
, Science Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA 2024)
and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030
paint an optimistic picture of what Africa and the world can look like in the next few years. On most targets, especially those related to poverty and disease, African countries have the furthest to go. In human terms, this means that the quality of life for more than a billion people on the fastest-growing continent hangs in the balance. To address Africa’s biggest global health and development challenges, scientific innovation will be essential.
For too long, scientific priorities for Africa have been determined by people who are far removed from the problems they are aiming to solve. This in turn affects the entire African continent by limiting the impact STI is having on Africa’s development goals, especially those linked to poverty and disease. Given that less than a few years to a decade remains’ until the timeline to achieving STISA2024 and the SDGs, it is more critical than ever that Africa focuses on key priorities that will have highest impact on our journey towards achieving “The Africa we want” as outlined in Agenda 2063.
To realise its goal, the Africa STI priorities five-year programme aims to:
- Convene Africa’s science leaders in order to identify the continent’s most urgent science priorities
- Enhance the contribution to the body of scientific knowledge through supporting knowledge generation and dissemination in the identified priority areas
- Using scientific priorities identified to inform investment decisions by African governments and global funders to ensure that resources are being directed toward those projects most critical to health and development progress in Africa.