Who We Are
The Africa Science Diplomacy and Policy Network (ASDPN) is a Pan-African organization with a global reach whose conception was born during the ASSAf-TWAS-AAAS Inaugural Regional Workshop on Science and Diplomacy in Pretoria South Africa.
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The network which is the first of its kind spans the African continent covering all major sub-regions that is Central Africa, North Africa, East Africa, West Africa and South Africa. Its reach even extends beyond the shores of Africa. The Africa Science Diplomacy and Policy Network was officially launched in Cameroons capital city Yaoundé during the ACPC (African Climate Policy Center) Media Training on use of Climate Information Services in Development Planning.
ASDPN is an active Pan-African development tool that campaigns relentlessly for a continent where development decisions are no longer based on assumptions but are rather evidence based. We are independent of any political ideology, economic interest or religious leaning.
The Africa Science Diplomacy and Policy Network works to make sure that Science, Diplomacy and Policy are at all times the bases of all development initiatives in Africa both at community and sub-regional levels thus ensuring a steady and consistent pursuit of sustainability. In this light ASDPN constantly strives to bridge the gap between science, diplomacy and policy by ensuring that they constantly move in tandem at all times and across all spheres of development.
Our network is thus very influential in grass root community engagement, driving research towards the needs of indigenous communities across Africa and addressing these challenges according to the degree of urgency over space and time.
ASDPN’s activities include promotion of science, technology and early uptake of negotiation skills among African communities and groups, policy development, debate and guidance, protecting and advocating for the rights of communities to make their own development choices based on degree of need, fast tracking Sustainable Development in Africa through science and tactful diplomatic engagements, and ensure ASDPN policies works to shape Africa’s transformation by supporting a growth path that addresses the vulnerabilities that impact on people’s lives.
Africa Science Diplomacy and Policy Network has as members scientists/scientific groupings and diplomats that have a deep experience of science diplomacy and/or who are currently contributing to diplomatic discussions as well as experts of other backgrounds who are contributing knowledge in crafting policies for Africa’s development.
ASDPN targets all major groups as defined under Agenda 21 of the Earth Summit that is Children, Youths, and Women, the Scientific and Technology community, Non-Governmental Organizations, Workers, Trade Unions, Farmers, Indigenous People and their Communities, in addition to State Institutions.
Method of Operation
ASDPN is a team of passionate and patriotic volunteers working across the globe to advance simple scientific solutions and policies for the development of their communities and nations. ASDPN is also a partner with Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s), Governments and Academic Institutions.
Proactively transforming society by responding to Africa’s aching challenges, reducing risks, reducing poverty and maximizing opportunities for Africans, while advancing Sustainable Development through Science Diplomacy and Policy.
To create a simple web across the African continent, linking scientists, diplomats and policy makers for the common purpose of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through science diplomacy in domestic and foreign policies of African states.
To contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals through strengthening the interplay of science and policy for an emergent African continent.
SO1: Together with other likeminded institutions, advocate/lobby for African states to position science within its diplomatic functions; at state level (country science desk coordinator) and in mission offices abroad as appropriate.
SO2: Seek to identify and strengthen scientists who play a significant role in their various fields of discipline by supporting in any capable manner their capacity building and facilitating collaborative efforts that assist in research and development so as to enhance scientific knowledge that is required to inform policy at national, regional and international levels.
SO3: In conjunction with other likeminded institutions’ will seek to develop strong linkages between scientists, diplomats and policy makers across countries/regions in the continent in cooperation, collaboration and information sharing to enhance scientific knowledge and capacity required for science interactions towards sustainable development.
SO4: In conjunction with other likeminded institutions’ assist to facilitate linkages with external scientists from other regions/continents to enhance Africa’s science capacity for the mutual benefit of all.
SO5: Promote the uptake of science and diplomacy for sustainable development among the African youth in the very early stages of education in a bid to sustainably build the next generation of African scientists and diplomats who understand the realities of the continent, the key role of the interactions of science, policy and diplomacy and the need for development of negotiation skills.
SO6: Support the Africa agenda in the international diplomatic arena backed by scientific evidence for the active participation of African states in negotiations by developing country/regional positions required for action on resolutions geared towards resolving challenges in Africa and globally.
SO7: Actively engage grass root communities in the development of sustainable policies towards addressing Africa’s multiple challenges.
SO8: Work towards building environmental awareness among communities based on solid scientific evidence and sustainable polices.
SO9: Encourage Africans to develop their own ways of contributing to sustainable development at the local, national and regional levels by conducting social development project based on science.
SO10: Raise-awareness and create a platform for information sharing among Africans about the vital role science can play in community development across the continent
SO11: Engage youth, local communities and others partner in related sectors through special training activities where youths and indigenous communities will learn how to develop their team and lead their own social projects based on scientific evidence so as to address region’s contexts, priorities and needs.
SO12: Facilitate peace building and national reconciliation in Africa through the application of scientific methods and processes to solving crimes and human rights violations especially in post conflict situations in Africa.
SO13: To develop a Science Diplomacy action plan for the African continent that will set the continent on a steady path of scientific awakening.
SO14: To establish a platform of global cooperation and knowledge sharing among African scientists, diplomats and policy makers on ways of sustainably transforming the African continent mindful of the present global threats.
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