Social Innovation & Research Needs

AfriAlliance will re-enforce, renew and valorise water and climate change-related research and social innovation (R&I) cooperation activities between Europe and Africa by using a mix of forward-oriented innovation road mapping techniques. The R&I activities will consolidate a wealth of evidence of existing collaboration priorities and practices into analytical insights, and develop strategic advice for improvement and renewal of Africa-EU collaboration. Specifically, we will identify the knowledge needs by African stakeholders to be better prepared in the short, medium and long term, as well as the barriers and bottlenecks which could hamper their capacity to implement appropriate solutions. 

This assessment of knowledge needs, barriers and bottlenecks will be complemented by an analysis of relevant policy developments, including the Sustainable Development Goals with their dedicated goals on water and climate change, and their focus on innovation; the emphasis on sustainable agriculture and food security of the EU's Agenda for Change in international cooperation and the thematic programme on Global Public Goods and Challenges - GPGC (March 2014) establishing a financing instrument for development cooperation for the period 2014-2020, in particular when water is connected to its operational areas, like environment and climate change, sustainable energy, and food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture and fisheries.

AfriAlliance will take stock of other initiatives like the roadmap towards a jointly funded EU-Africa Research & Innovation Partnership with an initial focus on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture (FNSSA - 2015), and the European research and innovation Roadmap for Climate Services (2015), and its main activity 2.3: International cooperation - (b) Supporting the growth of climate service capacities (demand and supply) within LDCs, with focus on Africa.

AfriAlliance distinguishes between a Demand-Driven Outlook of Innovation Opportunities to capture 'low hanging fruit' in the short-term, and Policy-level Recommendations and a Research & Innovation Agenda for the long term.

Progress

What we've been up to so far:

  • Workshop & interviews at the AfriAlliance Innovation Bridge Event (IBE), Gaborone, Botswana, 26-27 October 2016
  • Workshop & interviews at the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22), Marrakesh, Morocco,  8 November 2016
  • Workshop & interviews at the African Great Lakes Conference, Entebbe, Uganda, 2-5 May 2017