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Strategic Plan 2014-2018
 
 
  
Strategic Plan 2009-2013
 
 
Strategic Plan 2004-2008
 
 

 

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Annual Report-2011
 
 
Annual Report-2010
 
 
Annual Report-2009
 
 
Annual Report-2006
 
 
Annual Report-2005
 
 
Annual Report-2004
 
 
Annual Report-2003
 
 
       
                                                                                                                                                                                               

 

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Agriculture and food security                  

Biodiversity                                     

                               

Gender                                     

Energy and water security

Urban Development

Climate change


 

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Kenya’s Urban Development in the 21st Century: The Call for Innovative Initiatives from Local Authorities
By Marcel C. Werner, Viola A. Otieno and Judi W. Wakhungu
 
Negotiating Bioethics: the governance of the UNESCO Bioethics Programme (Routledge, 2013): summary
By Adèle Langlois. [eBook]
 

 

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Biodiversity

                                       

Energy and water security

Agriculture and Food Security

Climate Change

Gender

STPI


 

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The Bumpy Path Towards Knowledge Convergence for Pro-Poor Agro-Biotechnology Regulation and
Development:Exploring Kenya’s Regulatory Process
 
Conflicting advocacy coalitions in an evolving modern biotechnology regulatory subsystem: policy
learning and influencing Kenya’s regulatory policy process 
 
The Role of Policy Brokers: The Case of Biotechnology in Kenya
 
 
Managing Knowledge for development: Lessons from Kenyan Modern Biotechnology Regulatory Process
 
 
Experts to the rescue? An analysis of the role of experts in biotechnology regulation in Kenya
 
 
The Contested Framing of Bio-safety Regulation as a Tool for Enhancing Public Awareness: Insights
from the Kenyan regulatory process and bioAWARE strategy
 
Intellectual Property Protection in Africa: Status of Laws, Research and Policy Analysis in Ghana, Kenya
 
 
Mainstreaming Adaptation to Climate change in the development process in Uganda. Eco-policy 15
 
 
Projected Farm Income Gains in the COMESA/ASARECA Region from Commercialization of Bt Cotton
 
 
Projected Farm Income Gains in the COMESA/ASARECA Region from Commercialization of Bt Maize 
 
 
PISCES: Sustainable Tree Management for Charcoal Production - Acacia Species in Kenya
 
 
PISCES: The Kenya Charcoal Regulations Pocket Book
 
 
PISCES:The Kenya Charcoal Policy Handbook - Current Regulations for  a sustainable Charcoal Sector
 
 

 

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Overview of current approaches and practices of South African businesses to the mainstreaming
of biodiversityA Preliminary Baseline Assessment
 
Report on the Solar Energy Stakeholders’ Workshop on 11th June 2014 
By Gary W. Kerr & Wycliffe Amakobe
 
      
Report on Gasifier Cookstove Inception Workshop in Nakuru
By Wycliffe Amakobe
 
Report on Renewable Energy Stakeholders' Workshop
By Wycliffe Amakobe
 
ELCI-ACTS Greening the Fishery Economy Project
By Wycliffe Amakobe
 
Energy and Adaptation: Exploring how energy access can enable climate change adaptation
 
 
Bioenergy and Climate Change Report
 
 
PISCES: Status Report on Use of Fuelwood in India
 
 
PISCES: Bioenergy and Poverty in Kenya: Attitudes, Actors and Activities
 
 
PISCES: Bioenergy in Sri Lanka: Resources, Applications and Initiatives
 
 
PISCES: Promoting Sustainable Charcoal Production and Marketing in Kenya:A Comparative
Analysis through Participatory Market Mapping 
 
 
PISCES: Scale-Up and Commercialisation of Improved Cookstoves in Sri Lanka:Lessons Learnt
from the Anagi Experience
 
PISCES: Analysis of the Value Chain for Biogas in Tanzania Northern Zone
 
 
FAO - PISCES Case Studies: Small-Scale Bioenergy Initiatives Final Report-Updated 2 April 2009 with
corrections to Case Study 9 summary and Case Studies 6 and 15.
 

 

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Who We Are


Our Vision

Knowledge for better livelihoods.

Our Mission

To strengthen the capacity and policies of African countries and institutions to harness science, technology and innovation for sustainable development.

Our Value Proposition

  • To conduct high quality research, policy analysis, capacity strengthening and outreach on applications of science, technology and innovation policies to sustainable development in Africa
  • To facilitate and convene evidence based policy dialogue and debate
  • To inform development policy and practice
  • To put critical issues of science, technology innovation on the Development Agenda
  • To provide independent and objective policy advice to African governments and agencies, regional economic communities and institutions, private sector, civil society and community actors and agencies.

A Brief History

The African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) is a pioneering development research think tank on harnessing applications of science, technology and innovation policies for sustainable development in Africa. ACTS is an Intergovernmental organization founded in 1988 to pursue policy oriented research towards strengthening the capacity of African countries and institutions to harness science and technology for sustainable development.  ACTS envisions a sustainable economic, social and environmental future for Africa, through science, technology and innovation. 

Article 3 of the Charter of ACTS, empowers the Organization to undertake capacity building, conduct research, provide advisory services and disseminate information on the policy aspects of the application of science and technology to sustainable development in Africa. It also requires ACTS to:

  • Promote capacity building in the developing countries in the field of policy analysis related to sustainable development.
  • Monitor international trends in science and technology, undertake technology assessment and forecasting and analyze the impacts of new technologies for purposes of providing policy options to African and other developing country governments.
  • Promote, enhance, inspire, study and conduct the building of the institutional framework requisite for the management, assessment, sustainable utilization and conservation of natural resources.
  • Foster the exchange of information and networking between the Centre and other governmental and private institutions and individuals that have similar or related interests at the local, national, regional and international levels, with particular emphasis on policy matters.
  • Promote, encourage, inspire and undertake technical cooperation activities between and within nations.

Since its founding, ACTS has been instrumental in enlarging the range of policy choices for sustainable development in Africa. Over the last quarter century, ACTS’ work has influenced patent (i.e. industrial property) legislation and policy (Kenya); environmental impact assessment standards (Eastern and Southern Africa); bio-energy and biofuels policy (Kenya, Eastern Africa, West Africa); agricultural policy, bio-diplomacy, biotechnology and biosafety (Africa-wide); climate change adaptation and mitigation (Africa-wide).

ACTS remains among the leading institutions working on sustainable development in Africa. In 2013, it was rated amongst the top Environment Think Tanks in Africa and the world.  ACTS is also a past winner (1991) of the Justinian Rweyemamu Prize from CODESRIA (Africa’s Social Science Research Council) for its work in expanding the knowledge base for Africa’s development.