WUN Global Africa Group Annual Research Impact Workshop
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About The Event
The aspirations for Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want challenge governments, scholars and the international community to meaningfully contribute to Africa’s development agenda. Previous development agendas, many of which were imposed on African states, did not yield the expected results. Instead, they opened up Africa for exploitation and also marginalized ordinary people. In the era of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it is expected that research will provide much of the data needed to guide policy formulation and decision making. Two questions arise from this expectation: how can or should the research community organize itself to play a critical role in Africa’s development? How should research on SDGs engage with existing policies but also translate into impactful policies for ‘The Africa We Want’.
Using a regional approach, the proposed workshop will examine the roles of collaborative research in achieving SDGs in East Africa and explore research-policy linkages and gaps. A regional approach is useful for three reasons. First, the Worldwide Universities Network Global Africa Group aims to develop regional research hubs anchored on its member universities in the continent but also in alliance with other research networks like RUFORUM, the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) and the Australia Africa Universities Network (AAUN). The University of Nairobi, as East African hub, is hosting this workshop. Second, the approach appreciates regional variation and context- specific development challenges to which research should contribute in tangible ways. Third, a regional approach provides a platform for developing regional policy responses to Agenda 2063 and the SDGs.
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