Tuesday, 15 September 2009

International Cooperation with Africa in FP6

In 2005, the African Union adopted Africa’s Science and Technology Consolidated Plan of Action (CPA) following extensive continent-wide consultations. The CPA emphasises the development of Africa’s research and technological innovation through Networks of Excellence Centres and capacity building programmes. Improvements of human well-being today depend crucially on knowledge — its production, distribution, ownership and wise application. Research carried out domestically and internationally is vitally important for the generation of knowledge that a country can use for its development. International scientific and technological cooperation is a cornerstone for the transition to sustainability in today’s context of accelerating technological development and global interdependence. The 8th Partnership on Science, Information Society and Space agreed at the EU-Africa Summit in Lisbon in December 2007 is, therefore, a very important milestone for both sides. We realise that much can and must be done, requiring strong political commitment among African countries to build up their science and technology (S&T) capacities and use the results already available. This must be supported by strong international cooperation. This catalogue documents the part of recent achievements under the Specific International S&T Cooperation Programme (INCO) of the 6th Research Framework Programme (2002–2006).

Source: European Commission