ACP - multi-country cooperation - Research

ACP - multi-country cooperation - Research

The EU is providing support to improve capacities in ACP countries in the fields of science, technology and innovation – all of which contribute to sustainable development and poverty reduction.

The activities implemented aim to enhance the use of science and technology as key enablers for poverty reduction, growth and socio-economic development.
In practice, this is to be achieved through policy development, adaptation of existing technologies to local conditions and through making research results accessible to ACP users, for instance by making public web archives available.
Support for research activities is included in the objectives of the Africa-EU Partnership on Science, Information Society and Space. It aims to promote the participation of the African research community in EU programmes for research and technological development and to support regional research networks.
The extension of research products and applications for the benefit of ACP countries with a focus on Africa is also gaining momentum. In the area of space applications, funding was made available for satellite positioning/navigation and earth observation technologies. Investments target capacity building for the operation of the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) and the preparation of a possible deployment of Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) to Africa.

Programmes and projects

  • ACP Science and Technology (S&T) programme
    The programme aims to strenghten the innovation capacity of all ACP countries. To achieve this, it promotes interdisciplinary approaches and intervenes on numerous levels ranging from academic research to business and civil society.
  • ACP Caribbean & Pacific Research Programme for Sustainable Development
    This programme focuses on support for research and innovation initiatives from ACP stakeholders. The target areas in the Caribbean and Pacific countries which benefit from the progarmme are agriculture, renewable energy, water, sanitation and climate change.
  • ACP Research for Sustainable Development Programme, Africa
    The programme is one of the flagship deliverables in the Partnership on Science, Information Society and Space of the EU-Africa Joint Strategy. Strategic priority actions at African level currently include post-harvest and agriculture, renewable and sustainable energy as well as water and sanitation.
  • ACP Connect for Reearch and Education Networks
    The project is advancing the development of research and education networks in sub-Saharan African, the Pacific and the Caribbean and their inter-connection with GEANT, a pan-European data network connecting the research and education community.
  • Africa-EU Partnership on Science, Information Society and Space
    The Africa-EU Strategy is promoting the participation of the African research community in EU programmes for research and technological development and is supporting regional research networks.
    In the space applications sector, EU funding has been made available for satellite positioning/navigation and earth observation technologies. Investments target capacity building for the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) and the preparation of a possible deployment of Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) to Africa.