SIDA-funded project to boost science, technology and innovation

15Jan 2022
By Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
SIDA-funded project to boost science, technology and innovation

Strengthening STI Systems for Sustainable Development in Africa funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) has been launched in the country to support efforts to strengthen national innovation systems.

Prof James Mdoe.

The project launched at a multi-stakeholder consultation meeting early this week was attended by about 50 participants representing government ministries and policy-making bodies, research and ethics regulatory bodies, the private sector and local communities.

The ceremony was graced by Prof James Mdoe, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

In his speech to participants, Prof Mdoe drew attention to the need to strengthen scientific research and the national innovation ecosystem as part of wider efforts to address global challenges. He noted that the project had arrived at the right time.

The SIDA funded projects supporting Tanzania in its efforts to strengthen its national innovation systems in line with the recommendation on science and scientific researchers, a landmark international accord adopted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)’s 195 member states in November 2017.

At the meeting, participants were invited to exchange ideas on the Recommendation on Science and Scientific Researchers and the implementation of its ten key areas.

The recommendation sets common standards and norms for the research systems, with provisions that address human rights, scientific freedom, ethics and integrity and knowledge circulation, among other things.                     

Tanzania is one of six pilot countries taking part in the project, alongside Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ghana, Namibia, Sierra-Leone and Zimbabwe.