On-line training sessions on STI policy and policy instruments for SDGs for the SADC region

  • 06 Dec 2021 to 10 Dec 2021

The purpose of the five on-line training sessions designed by the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for SDGs Work Stream 6 on Capacity Building (WS6) is to build awareness and understanding concerning key aspects of STI policies and instruments, as well as innovation and entrepreneurship, monitoring and evaluation processes, and how they relate to the SDGs. The training is specifically addressed to STI officials, practitioners and experts from African countries, in particular of Southern African Development Community (SADC).

The sessions aim at engaging participants in interactive discussions and practical reflection on existing approaches, case studies and national experiences in establishing and managing STI in the context of the SDGs. Interactive tools, such as Mentimeter and Mural will be used during the sessions.

This training is convened by SADC and UNESCO and delivered by UN-IATT entities such as UNESCO, UNCTAD, UNIDO, UNEP, UNECLAC, UNECA, as well as the Joint Research Centre (JRC).

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Agenda and Presentations

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Session 1 - 6 December 2021

  1. 15:00-17:00 pm (Central Africa Time)
    Current approaches to STI Policy making in the context of SDGs

    Session introducing existing approaches and methodologies for policy – making and implementation across UN agencies with discussion on case studies in developing, reviewing and implementing STI policies and strategies. Illustrations of how STI policies are being geared towards achieving SDGs and strengthening STI systems for better responses to current and future crisis.

Session 2 - 7 December 2021

  1. 15:00-17:00 pm (Central Africa Time)
    STI policy instruments design

    Session introducing the concepts of policy instruments, including legal frameworks, funding mechanisms etc., followed by methodological approaches for the design of policy instruments across UN agencies. The session will illustrate how existing STI policy instruments can be used / adapted to try to find solutions in times of crisis such as COVID-19.

Session 3 - 8 December 2021

  1. 15:00-17:00 pm (Central Africa Time)
    Innovation and entrepreneurship

    Session discussing the concepts of innovation and entrepreneurship, with focus on governmental support to start-ups, SMEs and innovators, followed by best practices and successful stories from innovation entities in response crisis and global challenges, and examples of direct policy impact on innovation.

Session 4 - 9 December 2021

  1. 15:00-17:00 pm (Central Africa Time)
    Implementation of STI policy and policy instruments for SDGs

    Session focusing on the requirements for successful implementation of policy instruments. Policy implementation will be discussed through the analysis of its key dimensions as well as the presentation of concrete experiences in countries with different levels of development.

Session 5 - 10 December 2021

  1. 15:00-17:00 pm (Central Africa Time)
    Monitoring and Evaluation of STI policies

    Session introducing approaches, practices and methods for M&E with presentation and discussion on case studies and examples of current practices, challenges and lessons learnt. The session will provide overall introduction and answers the question “Why to monitor and Evaluate STI Policies?”

Practical Information

06 Dec 2021 to 10 Dec 2021
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Regions and countries need to build capacities to create robust STI systems for achieving SDGs and addressing the pressing environmental, health, economic and social challenges of the global crisis, such as the current pandemic. In Africa, governments are increasingly recognizing the need to invest in STI capacities in order to implement the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063 and the African Strategy on STI (STISA-2024). The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol STI highlights also the need to strengthen capacities for developing robust STI systems in the region.

In this context, SADC, UNESCO and the UNESCO Chair at the Tshwane University of Technology, the UN-IATT and the University of Sussex, developed a virtual STI training framework on STI Policy and Governance Systems for high-level STI officials composed of eight modules. IATT WS6 designed a series of five sessions being the 7th module of this training programme.