The Second Session of the Committee on DevelopmentInformation, Science and Technology
2-5 May 2011, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
In Africa Increasing Superstition seems to sustain ignorance/distrust of scientists/science
Innovatively continue Highlighting STI as a major driving force behind -goods & services needed for - socio-economic progress. Increase awareness on “Imported Modernity” or dependency. Encourage “Missionary/Volunteer Spirit among Scientists/Associations in Africa. Be Transparent about Limits/Weaknesses of Science.
Technical Jargons/ Scientific Terminologies do not constitute “Science Communication.” R&D or Scientific Concepts/Activities into locally appropriate Key Messages including use “native/local ” languages. Science Communication packaging for various audiences, and environmental conditions eg drought, floods.
Need for Appropriate Training Workshops for African science journalists and scientists – UNECA, CODIST Collaborating with African Federation of Science Journalists with its wide network, Universities and other appropriate institutions.
“Sensitized” Beneficiaries, General Public, Policy Makers, Parliamentarians, Entrepreneurs, Innovators, Fellow Scientists or their associations can lobby for more R&D funding and progressive policies on STI
Established Cultures/Customs/Beliefs including religion, language, gender & age; Behavior Patterns at Individual, Family, Village, Community, National & Regional Levels; Are closely interwoven and determine Credibility & Effectiveness of Science Communication in Africa and could halt, slow or facilitate diffusion of technologies & Innovations
Policy makers – top local and central Government professionals, parliamentarians, politicians, ministers, heads of state look for what “serves/is good“ for them or rather their constituents . Let them be aware of future, emerging and available benefits.
Tricky: Avoid being plunged into political games/camps; Although EVEN “Undemocratic regimes” need scientists to survive “former Communist powers Soviet Union/ China.
Discuss Need for African Scientists to sustain Efforts sensitize top policy makers- Zimbabwe, Zambia, Uganda, Mozambique, Congo DRC, Angola, South Africa, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Senegal, AU etc .
Finally Credibly Highlight various aspects of existing and emerging STI successes – products, services, skills & beneficiaries in the neighborhood. PEOPLE IMPACT.
One of Africa’s science Guru the Late Prof Thomas Odhiambo – linked with founding of AAS, ICIPE, a network of skilled insect scientists, endless efforts to sensitize African heads of state, top policy makers, entrepreneurs on the importance of home grown STI. He was honoured by the state post-humously.
African Scientists Deserve more home grown support and recognition
Convoy to Loliando, Tanzania for treatment/cure by Faith Healer/Herbalist Pastor Mwasapile charging only $0.12. What is the message to our health experts? A failed healthcare system, blow to socialisation/popularisation of science? Envy of private medical practitioners? New routes to innovation
Nigeria: Over 100
R&D Products Await
By Alex Abutu(SciDev)
Failure to commercialise existing research is holding back Nigeria’s
economic development, minister of science and technology, Mohammed
Ka’ojeAbubakar, has said.He identified a lack of ‘demand-driven’
research, and poor links between research institutes and the private
sector, as the main culprits.“Nigeria has not attained….
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