Africa Data Revolution Report 2016
Highlighting developments in African data ecosystems
African countries pledged to achieve sustainable development and inclusive growth for all following the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Agenda 2063. The need for timely and quality data to inform the two agendas exerts pressure on the national statistical systems more than ever before. While much progress has been made in past decades to strengthen national statistical systems for evidence- based decision making, countries still face challenges in many areas. The data required for monitoring progress toward the ambitious and aspirational global and continental development agendas is unprecedented both in scope and granularity with which the data should be collected.
ROUTLEDGE HANDBOOK OF ECOSYSTEMS SERVICES PUBLISHED
Monday, February 1st, 2015
Over the last two decades, the idea that natures provides useful services to people has emerged as a powerful concept. Ecosystem services have helped to reshape our conception of the role that biodiverse ecosystems play in the environment and the benefits derived by humans. Increasingly, there has been interest in the operational and methodological methods of ecosystem services, by environmental managers, policy makers, and the private sector.
Side Event “Looking beyond Mitigation Targets: INDCs on finance, fairness and adaptation”
Saturday, December 5th, 2015 at COP21 in Paris, France
On Saturday, December 5th, 2015 the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) in partnership with the German Development Institute (DIE) and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) co-hosted a side event entitled, “Looking beyond Mitigation Targets: INDCs on finance, fairness and adaptation.” The event was held in the OECD Pavilion within the accredited zone of COP 21, and was attended by a number of party negotiators, researchers, and civil society observers.
Side Event “Climate Relevant Innovation Systems Builders (CRIBs): How to Strengthen the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism”
Friday, December 4th, 2015 at COP21 in Paris, France
On Friday, December 4th, 2015 the African Centre for Technology Studies and the STEPS Centre at the University of Sussex co-hosted a side event entitled, “Climate Relevant Innovation Systems Builders (CRIBs): How to Strengthen the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism.” The event was held in the Climate Generations Area of COP 21, enabling a wide range of accredited parties, organizations, and researchers along with interested of the public to attend the side event.
ACTS at Day 3 of COP 21, December 2nd, 2015
As negotiations entered their third day at COP, ACTS researchers participated in two high-level side-events on December 2nd, 2015. ACTS Executive Director, Dr. Cosmas Ochieng moderated a side event entitled, “Scaling Up Adaptation Action: Opportunities for Knowledge,” while ACTS Research Fellow Winnie Khaemba spoke at an event entitled, “Ecosystem Based Adaptation in Dryland Ecosystems.”
Side Event “Mitigation Contributions from Developing Countries: Innovation, technology and scenario analysis.” Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 at COP21 in Paris, France
On Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 Dr. Cosmas Ochieng, the Executive Director of the African Centre for Technology Studies spoke at an official UNFCCC side event of COP 21 entitled “Mitigation Contributions from Developing Countries: Innovation, technology and scenario analysis.” The side event, which was hosted by the University of Sussex, Radboud University, and the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN). The event discussed the need to strengthen the Technology Mechanism in the Paris Agreement and the need to support the development of national innovation systems.
The 21st Conference of Parties and the African Centre for Technology Studies- Side Event on November 30th, 2015 “Tackling Climate Change through Data and Community Based Adaptation: Pioneering climate Legislation and Data Policy in Kenya”
On Monday, November 30th nearly 150 heads of states gathered in Paris for the opening of the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The global community is gathered in Paris for the next two weeks to finalize negotiations on a long-awaited climate deal, which would enter into effect in 2020, as the successor to the Kyoto Protocol.
ACTS governing council member Dr. Sylvie Adote Hounzangbe appointed as rector, University of Lokossa
Dr. Sylvie Adote Hounzangbe has been appointed as Rector, University of Lokossa. On behalf of the Governing Council of ACTS, the Secretariat, and the entire ACTS fraternity, we are delighted to extend to you our warmest congratulations on your appointment as the Rector of the University of Lokossa. This is a distinguished appointment and professional accomplishment. The entire ACTS fraternity is privileged and honored to count you as a member of the community. Read more
Call for issue papers (Extended Deadline) - Harnessing the Application of Information and Communications Technologies for Acceleration of Socio-economic Development in Africa
ACTS – Information Economy (IE) programme
Programme Vision: An inclusive, pro poor and thriving information economy for economic, social, and environmental sustainability in Africa.
ACTS Strategic Plan 2014-2018: Accelerating Africa's Transition to Inclusive Knowledge and Green Economies.
Africa’s development landscape is changing. Its economy has recorded an increase in the productivity of investment in the first decade of the 21st century attributed to improved infrastructure, better access to technology, and policy reforms that have reduced transaction costs linked to production, distribution and trade. Relatively good economic growth in many countries over the last decade; a ‘commodity boom’; growing foreign direct investment (FDI); increasing discovery and exploitation of natural resources; a growing middle class and changing demographics (particularly the youth bulge); the rise of China and other emerging economies; changing development paradigms; globalization and; increasing use of modern technology, especially, information and communication technologies (ICTs), has occasioned rare Afro-optimism: scholarly and populist discourses on ‘Africa Rising’– potentially unique opportunities for structural transformation of the continent in the 21st century.