A Parliamentarian
on the Value of Academies

At ASADI IV in London, Patrick Amuriat Oboi, a member of the Parliament of Uganda and its Committee on Science and Technology, delivered a speech entitled "Why Would a Government Want Independent Advice?"

Declaration of Dakar

Participants at the ASADI III conference in Senegal called for continued efforts to improve the scientific basis for policy decisions, especially those related to managing water resources and preventing waterborne diseases. Read the Declaration of Dakar.

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Uganda Meeting Marks Culmination of ASADI

AMASA 10Nov. 10, 2014 -- The 10th Annual Meeting of African Science Academies, hosted this year by the Uganda National Academy of Sciences, began today in Kampala. The conference, which will focus on country ownership of Africa's post-2015 development agenda, marks the culmination of the African Science Academy Development Initiative.


'Mindset Shift' Needed for Africa to Take Ownership of Development Agenda

AMASA 10A new report from several African science academies recommends catalysts for giving all sectors of society in Africa a greater stake in and responsibility for the continent's post-2015 development agenda. A mindset shift is needed, the report says, for countries to take greater ownership of development goals such as the Africa Union's Agenda 2063 and the U.N.'s planned Sustainable Development Goals. Read More


IAC Report Evaluates Impact of ASADI

AMASA 10The InterAcademy Council, a multinational organization of the world's science academies, concludes in a new report that ASADI succeeded in increasing the capacity of African science academies. The report also draws on lessons learned during the initiative to make recommendations about the future shape of science academies in Africa. Read More


The Global Impact of Science

AMASA 10A new pamphlet describes how ASADI has fostered collaborations among U.S. and African science academies and how these relationships are helping to advance the global scientific enterprise in a way that benefits society worldwide.


Symposium on Science, Technology, and Innovation for Development in Africa

Aug. 5, 2014 -- At the time of President Obama's U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C., the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine hosted a symposium on science, technology, and innovation (STI) in Africa. Read more


Academies Confront Surge in Smoking in Africa

Preventing a Tobacco Epidemic in Africa: A Call for Effective Action to Support Health, Social, and Economic Development (English version, French version), a new report from a committee convened by the Network of African Science Academies, outlines strategies to combat increasing tobacco use in Africa. While tobacco use has declined in high-income countries, it is growing in many developing parts of the world, especially Africa, where, without interventions, it could double within the next 10 years, according to the report.


Ethiopia Hosts Ninth Annual Meeting of African Science Academies

Nov. 10, 2013 -- Leaders of science academies from several African nations gathered in Addis Ababa for the ninth annual meeting of African science academies, hosted by the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences, which was founded in 2010 and is a new partner in the African Science Academy Development Initiative. The deputy prime minister of Ethiopia spoke at the opening ceremony for the conference, the theme of which is "biotechnology for Africa's development."


Prof. Demissie Habte, president, Ethiopian Academy of Sciences

"Hosting the annual meeting of African science academies three years after our own academy was established is an honor, and provides us a unique opportunity to raise awareness of how academies can provide policy advice on a national as well as continental scale."

Professor Demissie Habte, president, Ethiopian Academy of Sciences


'Raising the African Voice' on Climate Change

Nov. 12, 2012 -- The science academies of Africa issued a joint statement at their annual meeting in Lagos, Nigeria, calling on the African scientific community to intensify its study of the impact of climate change. Noting that Africa's contribution of scientific information to understanding climate change has been "meagre" to date, the statement calls for African researchers to step up their observation, modeling, and analyses of the effects of climate change on a regional scale, and to help plan interventions to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change on the continent.

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