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Interconnections between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Agreement Exploring the role of state, non-state and sub national actors


Bonn, 12-13 May 2017

The adoption of the 2030 Agenda (including 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the Financing for Development Process) and the Paris Climate Agreement offers a unique opportunity to move towards more integrated and balanced development. Sustainable development cannot be achieved without addressing climate change whose impacts have the potential to halt or even reverse development achievements. Conversely, actions to address climate change mitigation and adaptation should also deliver on core issues of sustainable development, including poverty alleviation, food security, gender equality and human rights.

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THE 2016 SGCI ANNUAL FORUM IN MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE


The 2016 Annual Forum (AF) will be held in Maputo (Mozambique) from the 23rd to 25th November 2016 alongside the 2016 regional meeting of the Global Research Council (GRC). It is be co-organized by the Fundo Nacional de Investigação (National Research Fund), African Union Commission-New Partnership for Africa’s Development (AUC-NEPAD), and the SGCI under the theme: “Investing in Research Excellence in Africa”. The specific objectives of the forum are as follows:

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Side Events (Co-) Hosted by the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) at COP 22


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1. Accelerating implementation of the Paris Agreement through transitioning to evidence-based low carbon and climate resilient development pathway

Date: Monday, November 8

Time: 12:00 – 13:00

Location: Africa Pavillion

Hosts: International Development Research Institute (IDRC)

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SEED Africa Symposium (#SEEDAS16)


About the Symposium

The SEED Africa Symposium is an annual international forum for sharing knowledge and experience, establishing partnerships, and developing solutions to stimulate the growth of social and eco-entrepreneurship across the African continent.

Under the theme From Innovation to Imitation, the SEED Africa Symposium 2016 will bring together around 500 enterprises, researchers, practitioners, investors, policy makers and representatives of the civil society to discuss how stakeholders can collaboratively utilize the replication of business models for successfully contributing to green growth and sustainable development across the African continent.

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Developing Green Climate Fund Projects


A preparatory course for the public and private sectors on Designing and Implementing Green Climate Fund Projects

Dates:  6th-9th December 2016

Venue: University of Nairobi, Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation

Aim

The main aim of the course is to provide participants drawn from both public and private organisations with skills and understanding of the operations of the GCF, and how to develop competitive and fundable GCF project proposals supportive to the implementation of NDCs, in various sectors and contexts within the East African Community. Participants will be drawn from the East African Community including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Burundi.

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SCIENCE GRANTING COUNCILS INITIATIVE (SGCI) IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA - FIRST ANNUAL REGIONAL MEETING


Venue: Lemigo Hotel, Kigali, Rwanda

Date: 22nd-26th August, 2016

The First Annual Regional Meeting (ARM) will be held in Kigali (Rwanda) from the 22nd to 26th August 2016. It is being co-organized by the East African Science and Technology Commission (EASTECO), Rwanda’s National Commission of Science and Technology (NCST) and the SGCI under the theme: “Science, technology and innovation for socio-economic development, regional integration and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals”. The specific objectives are as follows:

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First Announcement: Early Career Researchers event prior to the 2016 Nairobi Conference


Developing a career in earth system governance – confronting challenges and charting new directions

Venue: African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), Nairobi, Kenya
Date: Tuesday, 06 December 2016
Time: 09:00 – 16:00
Costs: free

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High Level Panel on “Engaging the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Community to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Kenya”


The National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology are organizing the 5th Kenya National Science Week from 16 – 20 May 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya. The event will comprise of exhibitions, robotics contest and a conference. The aim of the conference, which will bring together academia, researchers, scientists and practitioners from universities, research organisations, industry, civil society, and government, is to share the outcomes of research, technology and innovation activities in Kenya.

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Survey dissemination Seminar on the next generation of low-cost energy efficient products for the bottom of the pyramid - 26th April 2016


A half-day seminar was held at Kenya Climate Innovation Centre, Strathmore Business School, Nairobi, Kenya today to provide details of the LCT survey to entrepreneurs working in solar PV, cookstoves and other renewable energy industries.  A presentation was made of the key results of the choice modelling survey conducted in late 2015-early 2016.  The survey focused on understanding consumer preferences for key design features of improved cookstoves, solar/ passive fridges and solar water pumps together with an integrated suite of energy efficient healthcare technologies available in a 500w ‘clinic in a box’. 

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Workshop for African Policy makers/implementers on Climate Change Innovation systems for technology transfer, Tara Suites, Gigiri on 24th March 2016


The roundtable has been organized by the Africa Sustainability Hub which is a networked research and knowledge exchange hub that convenes world leading experts on innovation systems and low carbon technology and development in Africa. The ASH is a partnership between the STEPS Centre at University of Sussex, the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the Africa Technology and Policy Studies (ATPS) and ACTS, where the secretariat is hosted.
The roundtable will bring together key policy makers selected from the East African region and donors/development partners who have supported climate change strategies, actions and innovations in Africa. As a panelist you will be expected to share your experiences and insights on the challenges and opportunities for building innovation systems in Africa.

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Energy-efficient technologies for the bottom of the pyramid 


The LCT project held their annual project meeting in London on 22nd and 23rd February 2016.  The meeting discussed the results of a survey conducted with over 700 respondents in Kenya using choice modelling methodology.  The survey provided details of what technological, financial and practical parameters were deemed important for users with regards a range of energy efficient technologies for use in healthcare facilities, farms and households in Kenya. 

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Call for papers - International Conference and Exhibition on 3D Printing for Sustainable Manufacturing in Africa, May 26th-27th, 2016


Organized by: Kenyatta University and African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS)

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Powered by maker community innovation, 3D printing technology is rapidly taking off and is set to unleash a revolution in global manufacturing. Seen as ‘the most disruptive technology,’ 3D printing, also known as Additive Manufacturing, is already transforming the way that products are being designed and manufactured. The technology was endorsed by President Barack Obama as the technology ‘that has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything.’ The Financial Times considers its potential to be larger than the internet while the Economist calls it the ‘Third Industrial Revolution’.

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Side Events Hosted by The African Centre for Technology Studies at COP 21


Tacking Climate Change through Data and Community Based Adaptation: Pioneering Climate Legislation and Data Policy in Kenya 

COP21 Publications
COP21 Videos

Date: Monday, November 30th

Time: 18:00 PM - 19:30 PM

Location: Observer Room 3

Hosts: ACTS, the Government of Kenya, and the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition

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Side Events Hosted by The African Centre for Technology Studies at COP 21


Tacking Climate Change through Data and Community Based Adaptation: Pioneering Climate Legislation and Data Policy in Kenya 

Date: Monday, November 30th

Time: 18:00 - 19:30PM

Location: Africa Pavilion, Salle 2

Hosts: ACTS, the Government of Kenya, and the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition

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Natural Capital Protocol Workshop


@ The 8th Ecosystem Services Partnership Conference

The Natural Capital Protocol aims to improve decision making by including the impacts and dependencies we have on nature. It will be applicable to all sectors and geographies and will for the first time provide a standardized framework to follow.
Join us at this exciting workshop to get insights on the draft Protocol and sector guides, before they are released for consultation.

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Local Content Development Course 


Policies, Strategies and Plans
Offered by: African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), Envirofly Consulting UK Limited, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University UK
Date: October 20th to 22nd 2015
Venue: Nairobi, Kenya

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Gender and Climate Change Course


Offered by: African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), The African Women’s Studies Centre (AWSC) and The Institute of Environment and Water Management (IEWM)
Date: 28th Sept – 2nd Oct 2015
Venue: Nairobi, Kenya

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Pan-African Business and Biodiversity Forum


Date: 9th - 10th October 2015.

Location: The Royal Senchi Resort, Senchi Ferry Road, Akosombo, Ghana

Natural capital (biodiversity and ecosystem services) underpins all life forms and business operations worldwide. Africa is uniquely endowed with vast and varied natural capital, perhaps capable of resourcing twice its current human population. The economic realities of most Africa countries, characterized by increasing poverty and degradation of the natural capital, suggests otherwise. The sustainability of businesses is equally threatened by poor consideration of natural capital in policy processes and development planning.

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The 4th Kenyan Climate Change Science, Technology and Policy Roundtable


@ACTSNET  #ACTSPolicyRoundtable

The 4th Kenya Climate Change Science, Technology and Policy Roundtable will be held on Wednesday the 19th of August 2015 at the Hilton Hotel, Nairobi from 2-4pm. The session will focus on Climate Finance. 

This Roundtable comes after the 1st Roundtable held on the 26th of November, the 2nd Roundtable held on the 26th Feb 2015 and the 3rd Roundtable on 27th May. This Roundtable shall provide a platform for experts and practitioners to examine and explore research evidence for use in climate finance strategies. The Roundtable will bring together at least 40 participants including leading climate scientists, think tanks and key policymakers engaged in climate finance at all levels of government to engage in a free, open and frank sharing of ideas.

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Data Science for Development


Harnessing the use of Big Data for Socio-economic Development in Africa

Offered by: African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS)

In collaboration with School of Computing & Informatics, University of Nairobi and AI Research Lab, School of Computing and Informatics Technology, Makerere University

Date: 12th - 13th , October 2015

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2nd AfricaLics Conference - 17th – 19th November 2015, Kigali, Rwanda


Theme: Unpacking Systems of Innovations for Sustainable Development in Africa

The Second AfricaLics Conference will be hosted by University of Rwanda - Kigali, Rwanda. The conference intends to bring together up to 150 early careers and established researchers and scholars from different disciplines to enhance the quality of innovation studies in relation to development and growth in Africa. The objectives of this conference are:

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Low-Carbon Development in Africa Workshop & Africa Sustainability Hub Launch


The African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) and core partners the STEPS Centre, the African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS), and the Stockholm Environment Institute-Africa (SEI-Africa)  will jointly hosts a three-day workshop on Low Carbon Pathways from June 10th  -12th , 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nairobi.

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The 3rd  Kenya Climate Science, Technology and Policy Roundtable on the 27th May 2015 


The African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) is convening the 3rd Kenya Climate Change Science, Technology and Policy Roundtable on Wednesday the 27th of May 2015 at the Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi from 2 pm - 4 pm. The session will focus on evidence-based policymaking in Kenya from a legal perspective.

Following from the 1st Roundtable held on the 26th of November, and the 2nd Roundtable held on the 26th Feb 2015 this Roundtable shall provide a platform for experts and practitioners to examine and explore research evidence for use in policymaking. Additionally, it will bring together 40 participants including leading climate scientists, think tanks and key policymakers at all levels of government to engage in a free, open and frank sharing of ideas.

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Policy Master Class on Nanotechnology for Development (Nano4D): Policy, Ethics, Law and Regulation


The African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), the National Commission of Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI), Kenya,   the University of Gondar (UoG), Ethiopia, and Science Technology and Information Centre (Ethiopia) are pleased to announce that they are now accepting applications for a three-day intensive course on Nanotechnology for Development (Nano4D) in Africa.

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The ‘Kenya Climate Science, technology and policy roundtable series’


The ‘Kenya Climate Change Science, technology and policy roundtable series’ is convened by the African Centre for Technology Studies. ACTS is a leading intergovernmental policy research organization working on issues of science, technology, innovation and sustainable development in Africa. Our mission is to enlarge the range of policy choices for Africa’s sustainable development. 

The Roundtable shall provide a platform for experts and practitioners to examine and explore research evidence for use in policymaking. Additionally, it will bring together 50 participants including leading climate scientists, think tanks and key policymakers at all levels of government to engage in a free, open and frank sharing of ideas.

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The Youth Conference on Community Based Adaptation (CBA) - 27th-29th April 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya


The youth conference on community based adaptation running parallel to the International CBA 9 conference will be held from 27th-29th April 2015. The youth conference is aimed at encouraging young people to be agents of change, particularly in addressing climate change issues in their communities including communicating climate change and disaster risk. The conference will aim at harnessing the knowledge, ideas and capacities of young people in advancing the concept of community based adaptation. In addition, the event will integrate essentials of social entrepreneurship in climate change adaptation into the discussions and look at ways of building long lasting, beneficial and sustainable systems that can benefit young people.

 

‘‘The future of Africa belongs to its youth. They have the numbers, intellect, creativity and energy to make it better for human well-being and ecosystem health. The African youth cannot afford to be complicit in the destruction of the future. They must exercise their intellect, energy and citizenship in the pursuit of sustainable development and action to combat climate change in Africa’’.  Dr. Cosmas Milton Obote Ochieng, Executive Director, ACTS.

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ACTS at the South African National Biodiversity and Business Indaba


25 February - 26 February 2015, GIBS, Illovo, Johannesburg, South Africa

On February 25 and 26, 2015 the National Biodiversity and Business Network (NBBN) invites to take part in the National Biodiversity and Business Indaba at GIBS in Illovo, Johannesburg, South Africa with the aim to provide a platform to enable a collective discussion to improve the mainstreaming of biodiversity considerations into business.

The National Biodiversity and Business Network (NBBN), in collaboration with its founding partners, the Department of Environmental Affairs, Nedbank, Hatch Goba, Pam Golding Properties, Pick n Pay, Transnet and De Beers, is presenting South Africa’s first national Biodiversity and Business Indaba from 25 to 26 February 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

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Third AfricaLics PhD Academy - Innovation and Development in Africa


The third AfricaLics PhD Academy for Research Training on Innovation and Competence Building Systems (AfricaLics PhD Academy) will be held in Mombasa, Kenya from 2nd to 13th March 2015.

The purpose of the AfricaLics Academy is to support the training of African Doctoral students engaged in research on Innovation and Technology Systems for Development and innovation management and stimulate their awareness of policy and management issues related to this field of research.

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Fiscal experts and policymakers to gather for the Third Annual Conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform


From 29-30 January 2015, the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) is holding its Third Annual Conference on the theme of “Fiscal Policies and the Green Economy Transition: Generating Knowledge – Creating Impact”. The conference, held in partnership with Ca’Foscari University of Venice, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will take place on the Ca’ Foscari University campus in Venice, Italy.

The conference will bring together the world’s leading researchers, experts and policy makers to jointly discuss and debate the efficacy, geographical applicability and policy implications of various fiscal instruments in the transition to a green economy.

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Bioenergy Sustainability Criteria Awareness Workshop on 27th Oct 2014 at the Boma Hotel, Nairobi


The African Centre for Technology Studies in collaboration with KEBS and other partners in the Technical Bionergy Committee are hosting the ‘Bioenergy Sustainability Criteria Awareness Workshop on the 27 Oct 2014 at the Boma Hotel in Nairobi.

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WTO Public Forum - 2 October 2014 (1700 - 1900 Hrs), Geneva Switzerland - WTO Headquarters - Room W


Moderator:  African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS)
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Africa’s Post 2015 Trade Futures: An Empirical Analysis of Five Sets of Scenarios: Possible Permutations and Impacts of Doha, EPAs, AGOA China-Africa and South-South Trade Agreements on Africa’s Development

The Working Session seeks to explore empirically based analyses of how changes in the legal and economic design and scope of trade agreements between Africa and the EU, Africa and the US, Africa and China, the Doha Development Round and African based south-south FTAs (including intra African regional trade agreements, RTAs) could affect trade patterns and economic fortunes between Africa and different regions of the world by 2025-2030. The Session will provide analyses of the trade, income and economic outcomes of post 2015 Africa’s global and regional trade architecture under five sets of scenarios:

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SAVE THE DATE: HIGH LEVEL POLICY ROUND TABLE: IMPROVING HEALTH SECTOR PERFORMANCE IN KENYA AND TANZANIAIS THERE A FUTURE FOR THE LOCAL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY?


Nairobi, 17th September, 2014

The African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) in collaboration with Research for Poverty Alleviation (REPOA) Tanzania, and the Open University (UK) recently concluded a research project on “Industrial Productivity,Health Sector Performance and Policy Synergies for Inclusive Growth in Tanzania and Kenya”. The study identified policy options and incentives for enhancing the supply of essential pharmaceutical and medical products in order to strengthen national health system performance in the two countries.

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9th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA9)


The 9th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA9) will take place in Nairobi, Kenya from 24-30 April, 2015, hosted by the Government of Kenya.

The theme of the conference is 'Measuring and enhancing the effectiveness of adaptation'. The draft programme and details of how to register for the event will be published soon.

Organised by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED),Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) and African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS).

CBA9 will begin with optional field visits scheduled for 24-26 April, followed by the conference at the Safari Park Hotel from 27-30 April. Click here to register for CBA9

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