Africa Science Diplomacy & Policy Network
ASDPN Working principles
We maintain a constant focus on working with grassroots communities, connecting with their leaders, institutions and other stakeholders committed in identifying and delivering lasting solutions to community plights. We are conscious of the necessity to be community relevant, to forge constructive relationships with communities, actively organize and participate in community events, be recognized and effectively deliver sustainable development in partnership with community members.
Our practices are always informed by the best available evidence based on published peer-reviewed research evidence, judgment and experience from contextual management practice that understands the interpersonal dynamics in a situation and determine the risks and benefits of available actions and finally the preferences and values of those affected
Our commitment to every detail guarantees our continuous ability to make connections between seemingly unrelated issues thus enabling us to solve complex development challenges holistically. We have therefore built a strong institutional capacity to maintain performance despite negative shocks.
We know what we do and why we do it. Our drive to deliver concrete actions in line with our mission and objectives is resolute and unflinching. “Sustainable transforming Africa together” is a commitment we have taken with the African people and the global community. On no instance shall we rescind from this.
We recognize that high performance is a collective endeavor and that unity/cohesion among members produces high performance, we also recognize that diversity of ideas on how to deliver sustainable development for communities in distress doesn’t constitute a weakness but strength. Thus our decision to always ensure teamwork is based on the problem solving synergy that is usually generated by members from multiple minds working together on sustainable solutions.
We do not take sides in the politics of member states, armed conflicts and the agendas of warring parties in our areas of operation. We are independent of any religious affiliation. Our focus always remains providing vital development assistance to communities in distress and ensuring conditions that guarantee their collective security including that of property and their natural environment. Therefore our assistance to communities isn’t discriminatory for it doesn’t take in to account religious leaning or political affiliation but is based on need
We take responsibility of accounting for our actions. As a result we are ever committed to sharing information with all our collaborators and partners to help them make good decisions and understand how those decisions impact the communities we engage. This is to say even though we have a commitment to remain neutral, we cannot afford to remain indifferent in the face of injustices for neutrality doesn’t mean silence. Furthermore evaluations, critical reviews and debate on our field practices, our public positioning and on wider development issues are necessary to improve what we do.
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CLIMATE SMART AGRICULTURE IN ACTION
As members of the Africa Science Diplomacy and Policy Network, in an effort to bring about sustainable social, economic and political transformation in Africa, in an effort to reverse the negative trends ravaging the continent, we recall the tenets on which the Sustainable Development Goals and the Africa Agenda 2063 are premised: People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace, Partnership and Regional Integration. We acknowledge the role of Science, Policy and Tactful Diplomacy as fundamental drivers for Africa’s development moving forward. Recognizing the work of past and present African leaders and global institutions in building The Future We Want/Africa We Want;
We hereby pledge to commit ourselves to actively support sustainable development actions in Africa irrespective of where we find ourselves in the world.
We pledge to engage and partner with grass root communities in all our actions in pursuit of sustainability.
We pledge to display integrity and professionalism, support Africa’s development with loyalty in action, word and deed while living each day as examples of what African leaders should resemble.
We pledge to advance the philosophy and practice of science and diplomacy.We members of the Africa Science Diplomacy and Policy Network finally pledge to do our share in our respective areas of responsibilities in line with the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Africa Agenda 2063.
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WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO END PLASTIC POLLUTION?
Science education has an important part in developing understanding of concepts that underpin environmental issues, leading potentially to pro-environmental behavior. However, science is commonly perceived negatively leading to inappropriate and negative models of science that do not connect to peoples experiences. Thus the need for greater emphasis on science that focuses on changing perceptions and ensuring evidence based policies geared towards achieving environmental sustainability and ending plastic pollution.
Africa Science Diplomacy and Policy Network (ASDPN) join’s the United Nations and the rest of the international community in encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment.
This year, join us to help #BeatPlasticPollution.
“I am not African because I was born in Africa but because Africa was born in me”
“The evolution of humanity says that Africa reaffirms that she is continuing her rise from the ashes. Whatever the setbacks of the moment, nothing can stop us now! Whatever the difficulties, Africa shall be at peace!” Thabo Mbeki
“Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings.”
“You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.”
WHERE WE WORK
The Africa Science Diplomacy and Policy Network (ASDPN) is a global organization focused on evidence based sustainable development in Africa. ASDPN engages Africans no matter where they are found across the globe towards development actions for the African continent