Economic growth and poverty eradication in southern Africa are best achieved by working together - 16 Member States of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have developed a common Regional Agenda guided by the Revised Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RRISDP).
Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA) in partnership with SANBio and the SADC Secretariat are implementing the project: “Sustainable capacity development initiative to create awareness on the SADC Protocol on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), among key national structures’ stakeholders and to strengthen their capacity to develop policy frameworks and mobilize resources for SADC STI Protocol implementation”. The aim of the project aims to foster cooperation by promoting the development and transfer of Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) within SADC member countries part of the Strengthening National-Regional Linkages in SADC (SNRL) programme funded by the GIZ and co-financed by the European Union to support the SADC Member States. The expected results include better coordination, monitoring and mobilisation of resources to implement the Regional Agenda.
The overall objective of the project is to create awareness among the SADC Member Countries on the importance of the SADC Protocol on STI to regional development and integration; equip the SADC Member Countries with the knowledge on the importance of the national STI policies/frameworks for contribution to national development through implementation; strengthen resource mobilisation capacities for implementation of the STI strategies, policies and framework in line with the SADC regional agenda, while demonstrating the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) in support of the SADC Protocol on STI.
This will be achieved by ensuring that researchers, technology transfer officers, government officials and bio-entrepreneurs are aware and knowledgeable of the importance of the SADC STI Protocol and Policies, especially in terms of data collection, monitoring and data protection, and will focus on strengthening national STI policy frames of the SADC partner member states and strengthen their resource mobilisation capacities for the implementation of the STI strategies and policies in line with the SADC regional agenda.
At the end of the project, the following results are expected:
- A resource mobilisation toolbox for scientific and innovation projects and targeted training initiatives rolled out to the stakeholders.
- A Research Ethics guideline on ethical codes of conduct for research particularly within the context of IKS and Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing.
- Validated IKS Policy Guidelines and Action Plan that considers gender-mainstreaming principles that will be rolled out at the regional workshops with the SADC Secretariat on STI targeting the government officials and other key stakeholders with interest on IKS such as Traditional Leaders and Traditional Healers Associations to share experiences on IKS initiatives and develop action plans.
- A compilation of Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing and Intellectual property from the SADC context
- Validated Guidelines to operationalize the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing in the SADC region.
- 2-3 policy briefs that consider gender mainstreaming for communication and dissemination to government officials to inform STI policy development or review.
- Capacity building in the region on the tools generated in the project.