Coordination and Advancement of Sub-Saharan Africa-EU Science and Technology Cooperation Plus

Coordination and Advancement of Sub-Saharan Africa-EU Science and Technology Cooperation Plus (CAAST-Net Plus) is a network of 26 partner organisations from all over Europe and sub-Saharan Africa working together to support bi-regional cooperation in research and innovation.

It is an ongoing, three-year project lead by the ACU and funded by the European Union Seventh Framework Programme. Building on the results of the CAAST-Net project (2008-2012), CAAST-Net Plus aims to: 

  • Encourage more and better bi-regional STI cooperation for enhanced outcomes around topics of mutual interest, and particularly in relation to the global societal challenges of climate change, food security and health.

  • Foster discussion among stakeholders for gathering informed opinion and experience about the bi-regional cooperation process, formulating and disseminating it in such a way as to be admissible to the formal bi-regional STI policy dialogue process and to programme owners.

Through informing the bi-regional policy dialogue for mutual learning and awareness, through building support for coordinated and innovative approaches to bilateral funding of bi-regional cooperation around global challenges, brokering the public-private relationship to foster improved uptake and translation of bi-regional research partnership outputs into innovative technologies, good and services, and through dedicated mechanisms to encourage bi-regional research partnerships, CAAST-Net Plus will make invaluable contributions to the quality and scope of the Africa-Europe STI relationship for mutual benefit.

More information can be found on the CAAST-Net Plus website.

Background: In 2007, heads of state and government from Africa and Europe launched the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) formulated in response to geopolitical changes, globalisation and the processes of integration in Africa and Europe. At the heart of the JAES is an overtly political relationship and among the features distinguishing JAES from previous Africa-Europe policy initiatives is the associated action plan addressing eight priority areas for Africa-Europe cooperation. The contribution of scientific and technological research, development and innovation, and the centrality of capacity research for economic and social growth and poverty alleviation, and for addressing global societal challenges of mutual interest is explicit. The value of cooperation between the continents is central and under JAES has already led to significant achievements for mutual benefit. CAAST-Net Plus objectives encourage more and better bi-regional STI cooperation for enhanced outcomes around topics of mutual interest, and particularly in relation to the global societal challenges of climate change, food security and health. 

Project funder: European Union Seventh Framework Programme

Project award: EUR 4,000,000

Project partners: Association of African Universities, Ghana; Centre for Social Innovation, Austria; Council on Health Research for Development, Switzerland; Department of Science and Technology, South Africa; Foundation for Science and Technology, Portugal; Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD), France; Institut de recherche pour le development, France; International Bureau of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research at the German Aerospace Centre; Ministry of Education, Rwanda; Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Kenya; Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Cape Verde; Ministry of Higher Education, Universities, Regional Universities Centres and Scientific Research, Senegal; Ministry of National Education and Scientific Research, Madagascar; Ministry of Scientfic Research, Egypt; National Commission for Science and Technology, Malawi; National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion, Nigeria; PRAXI/HELP-FORWARD Network, Greece; Research Africa, South Africa; Science and Technology Policy Research Institute, Ghana; Spanish Foundation for International Cooperation, Health and Social Affairs, Spain; Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation, The Netherlands; The Research Council of Norway, Norway; Ugandan National Council of Science and Technology, Uganda; UNEP DTU Partnership, Denmark; University of Jyväskylä, Finland