strategic plan of amasa 10

The African Science Academies will demonstrate how the absence of country ownership has affected the fulfillment of the current MDGs and how it should be sued to improve the efficiency and achievement of the post 2015 global agenda.

The key to sustaining country ownership lies in strengthening institutions in the country, enhancing the capacity of all development actors – parliaments, civil society, private sectors, research institutions, academies of sciences and other mechanisms of accountability – principally, the government and the local communities among others.

The Post-2015 Development Agenda is a process led by the United Nations that aims to help define the future global development framework that will succeed the UN Millennium Development Goals currently running.

The post 2015 agenda process refers to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that are likely to replace the MDGs. The SDGs will also continue with the fight against extreme poverty among others. New to the SDG is the will to fight the challenges of ensuring equitable economic growth and environmental sustainability.

This year 2014, the Uganda National Academy of Sciences won the bid to host the 10th Annual Meeting of African Academies (AMASA 10) on the Theme;”Ensuring Country Ownership in Africa’s Development Agenda – beyond 2015”. Country Ownership is today widely recognized as a precondition for achieving development effectiveness. This theme was identified as a result of an ongoing global review of the progress of the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGS) which are due to end in 2015.
The MDGs are eight International Development goals that were established following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in 2000. The 8 goals are:

1) To eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
2) To achieve universal primary education
3) To promote gender equality and empowering women
4) To reduce child mortality rates
5) To improve maternal health 6) To combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases
7) To ensure environmental sustainability, and
8) To develop a global partnership for development. The goals had specific targets and dates for achieving those targets.

The global challenges facing achievement of these MDGs include lack of analysis and justification behind the chosen objectives, the difficulty and / or lack of measurements for some goals and Ownership by the target countries. As of 2013 progress towards the goals was uneven. Some countries achieved many goals, while others were not on track to realize any. A UN conference in September 2010 reviewed progress and concluded with the adoption of a global plan to achieve the eight goals by their target date of 2015. The road map for post 2015 agenda has a well thought out process and has been discussed at various for a. This started in September 2010 at the UN MDG summit and is expected to culminate in the September 2015 at the UNGA MDG review summit. The Rio+20 conference on Sustainable Development is part of the post 2015 process. Since a lot has been done on the development of a new global development agenda, the African Science Academies have agreed to critically examine how the challenge of Country Ownership should be addressed to ensure that it does not affect achieving the new global agenda beyond 2015.

fellows and members

A Ugandan physician, academician, medical researcher and medical administrator. He is a Fellow of UNAS – FUNAS, and also an external affiliate of Institute of Medicine, USA. Currently he is the President of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS); Professor of Medicine and Principal, Makerere University College of Health Sciences, with expertise in plant breeding, genetics, plant tissue and cell culture, biosafety/biosecurity/biopolicy and genomics.  More

garp launch

The Global Antibiotic Resistance Partnership (GARP) is an initiative of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy (CDDEP). This is a not for profit organization that conducts independent research. The program began in 2009 to address the challenge of antibiotic resistance in low- and middle- income countries.GARP working groups are country -led with guidance and collaboration from CDDEP. Research and policy directions are driven by local data,   More

amasa 10

The US NAS in collaboration with several African Academies and funded by the Gates Foundation set up a program – The African Science Academy Development Initiative (ASADI). ASADI directly engages the best African scientists through the African science academies in building their capacity to provide independent, evidence-based advice to their governments and nations on all matters related to science and technology.  More