News & events


Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Strategy for Africa (STISA-2024)

28 November 2014
12:30 - 13:30

Date:  Friday, 28 November 2014
Time: 12:30  – 14:00
Venue:    VCRs, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban

On 3 July 2014, the African Union adopted the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa – 2024 (STISA-2024). This policy document, which is central to shaping Africa’s science, technology and innovation activities in the years to come, has the potential to have significant implications for the socio-economic development of the continent. The strategy has received a range of responses across the continent and internationally. The seminar provided a platform for knowledge exchange amongst academics, policymakers, civil society, think-tanks and the business community.

 “Now more than ever, we need to be creative in considering innovation through a lens that includes problem solving, local knowledge and ways of doing, wisdom and processes of learning”.
– Professor Gillian Marcelle

Critical issues explored include:

  • the main objectives of STISA-2024;
  • underlying assumptions within the strategy;
  • the roles that relevant research, policy and practice can play in operationalising STISA-2024;
  • and potential impacts of STISA-2024 on innovation-led growth, development and competitiveness of the continent.


  1. Mr. Hambani Masheleni, Senior Policy Officer, Human Resources, Science and Technology Department, African Union Commission. Hambani Masheleni
  2. Dr. Mahama Ouedraogo, Africa Union Commission:
  3. Dr. David Ockwell, STEPS, University of Sussex, UK:   
  4. Associate Professor Clapperton C. Mavhunga, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA:
  5. Mr. Daan du Toit, Deputy-Director General: International Cooperation and Resources, Department of Science and Technology, RSA:
  6. Mr. Chux Daniels, SPRU (Science Policy Research Unit), University of Sussex, UK:
  7. Prof. Gillian Marcelle, Deputy-Executive-Director, Human Sciences Research Council, and Head, Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators, RSA:



Seminar background documents:

Opinion pieces:

The seminar may be attended in Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban

RSVP by 27 November
Cape Town: Jean Witten (021) 466  8004,   12th Floor, Plein Park Building, Plein Street, Cape Town
Durban: Ridhwaan Khan (031) 242 5400,   1st Floor, 750 Francois Road, Ntuthuko Junction, Pods 5 and 6, Cato Manor
Pretoria: Arlene Grossberg (012) 302 2811,  1st  Floor, HSRC Building, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria