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Call for abstracts: Harnessing Nanotechnology for Inclusive Sustainable Development in Africa


The promises made on behalf of nanotechnology are wide-ranging and far-reaching. The early results of nanotechnology – the products and processes developed thus far and the conceptual scientific credibility of the promises amply indicate that nanotechnology is loaded with the potential to change everything from the food we eat to the clothes we put on, from the way we treat diseases to the way we combat poverty, from the way we produce artefacts to the way we source our energy. Nanotechnology is hailed as the beneficial catalyst in achieving the MDGs, and now the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) in the post-2015 framework and is directly correlated to seven of the eight goals. It is widely held as a general purpose technology ‘looking for a problem’.

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Call for Issue Papers: Harnessing Applications of Climate Sciences, Technologies and Innovations for Accelerated Sustainable Development in Africa


Editors: Dr. Cosmas Ochieng (C.Ochieng at acts-net.org) and Dr. George M. Ruchathi (G.Ruchathi at acts-net.org)

About ACTS

The African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) is a pioneering and leading African based intergovernmental policy research organization working to harness applications of science, technology and innovation policy for sustainable development in Africa. ACTS’ mission is to enlarge the range of policy choices for Africa’s sustainable development through high quality research, high-level policy analysis and dialogue, capacity building, training and outreach. Over the last quarter century, ACTS’ work has influenced patent (i.e. industrial property) legislation and policy; environmental impact assessment standards; bio-energy and biofuels policy; agricultural policy, bio-diplomacy, biotechnology and biosafety; climate change adaptation and mitigation.

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Call for issue papers - Harnessing the gender and youth dividends for accelerated socio-economic development in Africa


Editors: Dr. Cosmas Ochieng’ (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Winnie Khaemba (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) and Grace Mwaura (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

ACTS – Gender, youth and inclusive development

Programme Vision: Empowered women, youth and vulnerable groups harnessing applications of science, technology, and innovation for economic, social, and environmental sustainability in Africa.

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Call for issue papers - Responsible Natural Resources Economies in Africa


ACTS – Responsible Natural Resources Economies (RNRE) programme

PROGRAMME VISION: Inclusive, pro poor and responsible natural resource economies for economic, social and environmental sustainability in Africa.

PROGRAMME MISSION: To provide policy choices that support ‘win-win-win’ outcomes or the Triple Bottom Line (People, Planet and Profits) in the sustainable conservation, use and governance of Africa’s natural capital and ecosystem services

PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE: To support the development of enabling policies, organizations and institutions for harnessing ‘win-win-win’ outcomes or the Triple Bottom Line in the sustainable conservation, use and governance of Africa’s natural capital and natural resources, with specific reference to the agriculture, energy, biodiversity and extractive industry sectors.

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What Natural Capital disclosure for integrated reporting? 


Synergiz and the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) are pleased to present a new working paper entitled “What Natural Capital disclosure for integrated Reporting?

Integrated Reporting guidelines recently released by the International Integrated Reporting Committee (IIRC) aim to provide corporations with the framework for disclosing the interactions between 6 main types of capital, namely Financial Capital, Manufacturing Capital, Human Capital, Social and Relationship Capital, Intellectual Capital and, Natural Capital. Yet, the potential for integrated reporting to be successful from a Natural Capital perspective depends on the quality of the existing environmental reporting and its comparability with the financial reporting with which it is to be integrated.

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ACTS ranked among top 25 most influential Think Tanks in the world


The International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG) has published the results of its 2013 “Climate Think Tank Ranking” of the most cutting-edge institutions working in the field of climate change economics and policy where ACTS was ranked top 25. 

The ranking was based on solid quantitative methodological and analytical data. Think tanks were assessed on a set of 15 indicators structured in three main pillars: Activities, Publications and Dissemination.

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