Life at asdpn

LIFE HERE AT ASDPN

The ASDPN experience is unique. The pride of our workplace is the diversity of our workforce made up of patriotic volunteers of different social and professional backgrounds and even age groups working purposefully together, looking beyond gender, color (race), literacy, political, cultural, religious and linguistic differences and rather uniting with a common interest around the challenges which seeks to divide us as well as create a rift between us and our environment

Our deliberations and reports are always frank and factual. Our resolve is resolute and unflinching. We at all times ensure the work climate and conditions are lax but constantly engaging. At ASDPN we do not only strive to be engaging  but our executive in collaboration with our team members across the world also strives to measure the engagement of our members and country offices by asking the right questions not only from our executive to our members, but also among ourselves like:

Are we proud of the concept we have developed?
Are we energized to do great work for our communities?
Do we as individual members have a sense of belonging to ASDPN?
Do we see ourselves passionately volunteering for Africa’s development under the banner of ASDPN in the long-term?
Would we recommend ASDPN to a friend as a great place to make a difference?

Given our commitment to all 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development, our members have been able to enjoy the freedom and latitude of connecting, owning and passionately engaging in activism on the particular Global Goal they cherish most.

In all, at ASDPN work-life balance is highly valued and promoted by our management. Volunteers have great control over their lives and a bigger say in the structure of their work/responsibilities.

Some of our members describe their experience with us so far:

Michael O. Dioha
(Research Scholar, TERI School of Advanced Studies, New Delhi, India)

Science without policy is science, but policy without science is gambling. This is what ASDPN stands for. As a member of the ASDPN family, I can describe my experience so far as amazing. It’s roughly one year of our existence and the tremendous impacts we have made is something that I’m very proud about. Particularly, our objective of enriching African policies based on sound scientific knowledge leaves me with no doubt that the future of Africa is bright. Our volunteers have also been working tirelessly to move the course of ASDPN forward. In my section, energy & development, our dreams and visions are very large. It’s not surprising that ASDPN is interested in energy within the African continent as the role energy plays in socio-economic development cannot be undermined. I can confidently say that ASDPN is a family that all Africans (both young and old) need to belong to if we want to change the fortunes of our dear continent. So far, I think we have made a giant stride and I call on all ASDPN members to put their hands-on deck lets create the change that we want to see in Africa. Long live ASDPN! Long live Africa!

SOMBO-TITA QUIM'AIME De John Francky

(Doctorant à l'Université Panafricaine, Consultant et entrepreneur Centrafricain)

Africa Science Diplomatie and Policy Network (ASDPN) est un réseau des leaders que j’ai intégré depuis 2018. C’est une nouvelle initiative, porteur d’espoir dans une nouvelle vision de la science et de la diplomatie basée sur la stratégie Bottom – Up en Afrique. En intégrant le réseau d’ASDPN, je suis motivé par un désir positif d’identification des vrais problèmes techniques et scientifiques auxquels font face la jeunesse Africaine en générale et de la République Centrafricaine en particulier et de chercher des solutions alternatives a ces maux. C’est un réseau qui m’a encouragé en tant que Leader de la jeunesse à s’engager volontairement au coté d’autres volontaires dans une mission, celle de la sensibilisation, de renforcement de capacité d’un engagement de la communauté vers une nouvelle perspective de changement social.

James John Banda,

(Research Officer at Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Water Development)

I am James John Banda, a Research Officer at Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Water Development and an Adjunct Microbiology Lecturer at Mzuzu University. I am also a member of ASDPN working with other volunteers across the world and engaing communities. As a member of ASDPN, I have been involved in a wider versatile engagement that has brought me into the national and African policy making field. Specifically, I have played a critical role in Food Processing and Quality Management. I am one among research scientists who acknowledges that research work must have high diverse and appealing innovative areas of demand driven scientific research that are well intergrated with sound policies coordination. As an ASDPN member, my work experiences have equipped me with vast knowledge needed to address some of the challenges that Malawi is facing. Coming from a developing country, scientific knowledge has been my day to day work. In this regard, I am involved in examining problematic scenarios, address pressing issues for instance climate change and explore multiple strategies that are well fed into policy through coordination. It is clear that ideas in science can not be monopolised, they need collective efforts. My engagement with ASDPN demonstrates the desire to fulfil this goal, and through coordination, I have been able to continue this pursuit to greater effect with fellow memebers across Africa.

Francis Sadeu

(Ongoing Msc. Energy Engineering track,Beng Chemical Engineering Pan African University Institute for Water and Energy Sciences(Including Climate Change)-(PAUWES))anafricaine,Consultant et entrepreneur Centrafricain)

ASDPN is actually a great organization and an interesting environment to volunteer in especially with the opportunity of meeting people from various countries in Africa and also outside Africa. This includes people from diverse cultures, backgrounds and with amazing skills working on very interesting and innovative projects with direct impact on the community. I have always wanted to be part of such dynamic and vibrant atmosphere where I can embark on development projects with young and passionate Africans acting in the field of science, policy and diplomacy. I have experienced this at ASDPN which for me represent the future leaders in Africa. This has been my main motivation to join ASDPN and I believe my expectations have been met right from the beginning and I am more than motivated to help contribute to the development of Africa through the amazing programs of ASDPN.

Daphne Nyachaki Bitalo, PhD.

(Geneticist, National Coffee Research Institute, Uganda)

My journey in to ASDPN started at a science diplomacy workshop in 2018 surrounded by over twenty of Africa’s young scientists who effect policy and diplomacy. Since then, I have been an active member, and my experiences are charged by my drive to enhance conservation, access and benefit sharing of coffee genetic resources. This role has me engaged with farmers, coffee researchers, private sector and policy makers. In one instance I will be part of a team composing the strategic plan for the International Women Coffee Alliance-Uganda Chapter, in another illustrating to a farmer in Nakaseke district, Uganda how to rehabilitate their coffee and the role that I trained for academically; using genetics tools to fingerprint Uganda’s wild coffee species for protection of intellectual property rights. Through the ASDPN platform, I have learnt that being a geneticist does not restrict me to the lab but rather pushes me to provide evidence that informs policy and diplomacy. I proudly identify myself as a science diplomat who’s pushing to effect policy and make impact.

Hiol ENOH Aurelie

(Ongoing Ma International Cooperation and Humanitarian Action, HIV/AIDS Health Officer)​

My experience with ASDPN as a member has been wonderful and quite enriching. It has been a forum for professional and academic exposure. ASDPN’s multi–sectoral, interdisciplinary and multi–cultural structure/character has greatly promoted socio-cultural exchange and professional development. As a student of International cooperation and humanitarian action, I had really never come across the theory of science diplomacy. ASDPN offered me the opportunity via its trainings, workshops and conferences to discover another side of science and international relations. ASDPN vulgarizes science diplomacy and actively pushes the scientific and international diplomatic community to work together irrespective of their differences. ASDPN connects the worlds of science and policy, promotes a new model of development and advocates for an Africa of equal economic opportunity through sustainable evidence based development projects. ASDPN with its advocacy for science diplomacy has basically introduced a new form of philanthropy and government aid aligned with eco-friendly tools, suitable for resource limited areas, all along with the motivation to help humanity and drive Africa’s development.

Nanfuka Olivia

(Ongoing Ma International Cooperation and Humanitarian Action, HIV/AIDS Health Officer)​

My journey with ASDPN has been great so far. I joined the network in September 2018 and the short time as a member has taught me a lot. Through the network, I was introduced to the concept of Science Diplomacy and witnessed what youths in different countries were doing to contribute towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Through my affiliation to the ASDPN network, I have been introduced to the concept of Evidence based Policy making which is of rather great importance to me as I embark on research for completion of my thesis. ASDPN is very important as it gives youths a platform to put their professional skills to work while nurturing the Pan African spirit in them.

Severine Madzou Melkis

(Doctorant à l'Université Panafricaine.)

En ma qualité de membre de "Africa Science Diplomacy and Policy Network" (ASDPN), depuis août 2018, je manifeste un vif interêt relatif aux multiples activités entreprises partout en Afrique. Etant une plate-forme des jeunes leaders réfléchissant sur l'Afrique, l'ASDPN me permet de m'affirmer, dans mon pays, en poursuivant sa vision et celle de l'Union Africaine (UA): "L'Afrique que nous voulons". Il s'agit d'une expérience, dans une atmosphère cardinalement amicable, à jouissance culturelle et intellectuelle au regard de la polyculturalité de l'Afrique (en l'occurrence linguistique), puis du gâteau d'idées par les différents membres concernant le Bien-être du continent Africain. Je remercier l'ASDPN et j'encourager les jeunes Africains à considérer ce projet de leadership PanAfricain puis à en faire une occasion d'activités de développememt national (de leurs pays).

Atanga Bihnah Melioge Dorval

(Doctorate student at the University of Bamenda)

Working with ASDPN has been a great and stimulating experience so far. I have seen a lot of personal development as I have been able to transform theories in to actions. My leadership skills have greatly improved since joining and as long as I continue being part of this formidable ASDPN team I can only expect the best. As the first Country Coordinator for Cameroon, my stay can be described as a thrive for powerful team building and an enabling work environment. My research skills in Food and Bioresource Technology have enabled me support the ASDPN mission especially in the Science and Environmental Sustainability (SAES) arm. It has been an awesome chance as a scientist to also immerse myself in international relations and I have had improved understanding of wider policy matters. All these will go a long way to foster my career as a Science Diplomat. Actually I give all the credit to ASDPN for helping me discover Science Diplomacy.