The third day of conference will be dedicated to the ACP Science & Technology Programme.
The programme started in 2008. One Call for Proposals has been executed so far, which provided €33 million of funding to 36 international co-operation projects. The preparation for a second Call is underway.
Four plenary sessions are envisaged on this day. Bilateral meetings are foreseen in the last part of the day.
Session 1: Two years of experiences of the projects: results achieved
With the second year coming to an end, the majority of the projects are approaching the final stage of their projects. When looking back, all kind of experiences can be presented and explored: What went right? What went wrong? How were risks managed?
Through the exchange of experiences and information, project participants will gain knowledge on appropriately managing their projects and staying on track with the focus on project and programme objectives.
09.30 - 11.30
Mr. Philip Stevenson, University of Greenwich :
- Natural Resources Institute (NRI-UoG), United Kingdom – “African Dryland Alliance for Pesticidal-Plant Technologies: A network for optimising and promoting the use of indigenous botanical knowledge for food security and poverty alleviation in Africa (ADAPPT)”
Ms. Faridath Aboudou,Laboratoire d’Analyse Régionale et d’Expertise Sociale (LARES), Bénin
- Réseau d’analyse des facteurs d’offres vivrières, de mise en marché et de diversification agricole (AFOMDnet)
Mr. Mafaniso Hara, University of the Western Cape, Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), South Africa:
Ms. Angela Melodia, Cooperazione Rurale in Africa e America Latina (ACRA), Italy:
- Recherche appliquée pour la valorisation et la transformation des ressources naturelles dans un processus de lutte contre la pauvreté au Tchad et Cameroun
Session 2: Inventory of good practices from projects in STI capacity building
Based on the analysis of the feedback received on a quick survey from the ACP S&T projects and on the information provided in their first interim reports, the issues dealing with capacity building in the domain of STI will be discussed.
Results from this analysis can result in capacity building models that can be applied in future actions from the participating institutions and/or other potential organisations, and as such contribute to increasing the Programme’s impact.
12.00 - 13.00
Ms. C. Robinson:
The full report of the ‘Inventory of Good Practices from Projects in STI Capacity Building from the ACP S&T Programme’ is now available. It provides an overview of the variety of capacity building models which may serve as good practice for other organisations and projects.
Session 3: Reflections on the Mid-Term Review of the ACP Science and Technology Programme and expectations on the next Call for Proposals
A mid-term review is a learning process and an ideal opportunity for a programme to take stock of its achievements, to assess the likelihood of attaining its outcomes and impact, to reflect on the strengths and weaknesses and to strategize about the best options for the future. This review is also an opportunity to use the knowledge gained during the first half of implementation to validate assumptions made in the original analysis and to adjust accordingly. The review team may need to fine tune activities and outputs to achieve the programme’s intended outcomes on schedule.
Suggestions and recommendations made in the review report should address the programme’s performance as well as the possibility for a next Call for Proposals.
Session 4: What to do in the last year? Collaboration among project participants, projects and programme visibility, management of results and impacts: open discussion
Following the previous presentations, projects’ representatives will have the opportunity to comment on the topics of the first session and on related ones, as well as to report similar and/or their particular issues/problems/concerns regarding their projects. Moreover, recommendations will be provided to assist in the management of the projects and results.
Through the exchange of experiences and information, project participants will gain knowledge on appropriately managing their projects in the contract and post-contract phases.
Session 5: Work sessions for participants representing S&T projects
Bilateral meetings: representatives of the EC, ACP Secretariat and the S&T PMU will use the occasion of the conference for bilateral talks with some projects.
Sub-group meetings: Programme’s beneficiaries involved in similar thematic projects have the opportunity to meet and discuss on common issues. The time schedule will be arranged during the conference.