Special Session D

State of the Art of STI Indicators in Africa

The African Union is increasingly recognizing the important role that Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) plays for growth, development and environment in Africa. However, the lack of (or even absence of) available and comparable indicators is of serious concern when evidence-based decisions and policy programmes have to be made. In 2005 the African Ministerial Council on Science and Technology (AMCOST) adopted the Science and Technology Consolidated Plan of Action (CPA) which articulates the African Union agenda for promoting STI policies to boost economic growth and development.

As part of the implementation of the CPA the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) was in 2007 entrusted with launching the African Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (ASTII) Initiative, whereby professionals in member states would be trained to carry out STI surveys and the consolidated results would then be published in the African Innovation Outlook (AIO). The first AIO was published in 2011 and the second AIO was launced in May 2014. The methodology used for collecting and analysing the R&D indicators is based on OECD's Frascati Manual, and the methodology for the collection and analysis of innovation indicators is based on the OECD Oslo Manual.

This panel will discuss Africa's experience in the collection of STI indicators, including achievements, future plans and remaining challenges. The panel include participation of the key African and international players in the field of STI indicators.

Dr. Erika Kraemer-Mbula, Institute for Economic Research on Innovation, Tshwane Institute of Technology; DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (SciSTIP), South Africa

Prof. Luke Mumba, African Science, Coordinator, Technology & Innovation Indicators (ASTII), New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD): Introduction to the ASTII project and R&D indicators in Africa
Dr. Philippe Mawoko, AOSTI African Observatory of Science, Technology and Innovation, African Union: The African Observatory of Science, Technology and Innovation
Dr. Luciana Marins, Innovation Statistics, UNESCO Institute for Statistics: Innovation indicators and the experience of the UNESCO Institute of Statistics

Prof. Claes Brundenius, Lund University, Sweden and Dr. Erika Kraemer-Mbula, Tshwane Institute of Technology, South Africa in collaboration with Globelics Secretariat