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Africa’s Scientific Priorities

African countries have made progress across a range of issues, but recognizing that time and resources are limited, it is essential to prioritize and focus on the areas that offer the greatest opportunity for impact.

The African Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Priority Setting programme engages Africa’s science leaders and political stakeholders to identify of the top scientific priorities that, if addressed, offer the highest return on investment for Africa’s sustainable development. Over a five-year period, the programme will be developing, publishing and disseminating to relevant stakeholders, a set of position papers communicating the top 10 scientific priorities for Africa.

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Delivering on Africa’s Most Needed Scientific Priorities
As we enter the last decade to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), countries still face major challenges in ensuring that all people have the opportunity to lead healthy lives and reach their full potential. This is especially true in Africa, where many countries have the farthest to go to meet targets for health and wellbeing. The SDGs, along with the African Union’s Agenda 2063 , the Science Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA 2024) and National Development Plans (NDPs), lay out a huge number of research and development priorities for countries to tackle in pursuit of those targets.

African countries have made progress across a range of issues, but recognizing that time and resources are limited, it is essential to prioritize and focus on the areas that offer the greatest opportunity for impact. An initiative coordinated by the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) seeks to convene the growing number of scientific leaders in Africa to review the scientific priorities set by the SDGs, African Union Agenda 2063, STISA 2024 and NDPs, and help build consensus around which top 10-15 scientific priorities will give African countries the greatest return on investment. Ultimately, the aim is to direct resources towards discovering, developing and delivering game-changing interventions in priority areas that will help most people lead better lives, sooner.

These priorities will inform investment decisions by African governments and global funders to align resources towards projects that are critical to the scientific and developmental progress in Africa.
The ongoing process of scientific prioritization by the AAS and AUDA-NEPAD
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Meet the Team

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Isayvani Naicker Director of Strategy and Partnerships
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Grace Mwaura Fellows and Affiliates Manager
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Lydia Makendo Manoti Programme Manager
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Davies Mbela Communications Assistant