African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS)

The ATPS is a trans-disciplinary network of researchers, policymakers, private sector actors and the civil society that promote the generation, dissemination, use and mastery of STI for African development, environmental sustainability and global inclusion. In collaboration with like-minded institutions, ATPS provides platforms for collaborative and innovative policy research to support African governments and STI institutions/stakeholders to build necessary knowledge conditions and infrastructures, policies and incentives, and capabilities for STI knowledge generation, brokerage, circulation, and socialization to ensure effective valorization and commercialization of scientific and indigenous knowledge into new technologies and innovations for sustainable development on the continent. www.atpsnet.org/

Library Articles

Improving the Relevance of University Training to Labour Market Demands in Africa

"This policy brief aims to inform policymakers, universities and the productive sector in African countries best policy practices and reforms that would strengthen the relationship between universities and the productive sector, while re-echoing the relevance of universities to the productive sector and for national socio-economic development. Universities in Africa have a crucial role to...

Developing Policies for Biodiversity Informatics in sub-Saharan Africa

"In Africa, biodiversity provides a fundamental role in economic livelihood and societal wellbeing. Africa boasts of a sizeable proportion of the world’s natural resources and biodiversity, yet this fundamental natural asset upon which life depends is under severe threat. With increasing natural resource extraction for economic growth, land degradation, urbanization and weak institutional...

Innovative Practices and Policies for Promoting Biodiversity Informatics in Sub-Saharan Africa

"A Major challenge for the emerging field of biodiversity information is to develop infrastructure that allows the effective coordination of available data and information and knowledge on Earth's biological diversity to address issues relating to the natural environmental system upon which life depends. Biodiversity data, information and knowledge are critical to society for informed...

Using the Land Potential Knowledge System (LandPKS) Mobile Technology for Agricultural Productivity and Resilience

"Africa’s continued agricultural growth over the last couple of years has come from land expansion rather than increased productivity. However, available agricultural lands are rapidly diminishing due to urbanization, while soil fertility continue to decline due to land degradation, poor farming practices, soil erosion, and the impact of climate change. There are growing concerns to rethink...

Low Carbon Energy and Development in Low-income Countries Policy Lessons from a Study of the Off-grid Photovoltaics Sector in Kenya

"Sustainable energy technologies could contribute significantly to human development and economic growth in low-income countries. Public policy has an important role to play in fostering the markets for these technologies. This briefing summarises key policy lessons from historical research explaining the success of the market for off-grid photovoltaics (PV) in Kenya (including solar home...

Mainstreaming Gender in the National Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy of Kenya

This policy brief aims to influence mainstreaming of gender in the national STI policy of Kenya. Reports show that Kenya is still far from realizing gender equity and equality in practice. This policy brief proposes a specific policy statement on mainstreaming gender and identifies strategic actions for the implementation of the policy statement.

Strengthening Linkages Between Policy Research and Policy Making for Sustainable Development in Africa

"This book volume presents key papers on the subject drawn from the conference presentations, workshops and the commissioned papers. All the authors present a common position on the need to strengthen the links amongst the disparate but mutually re-inforcing arms of successful policy development and implementation cycles for more inclusive growth in all economies. The challenges and...

A Review of the Kenyan Policy Environment for Off-grid Solar PV

Energy has been identified as one of the foundations and enablers of the socio-economic transformation visualized by Kenya in its Vision 2030 development blueprint. However many Kenyans still do not have access to affordable energy which limits socio-economic opportunities for development. This paper explores the policy environment of solar home systems in Kenya with a view of understanding the...

Innovation Histories Workshop on the Solar Home System Market in Kenya

"This report presents proceedings of an innovation histories workshop on the Solar Home System (SHS) Market in Kenya. The workshop was held on 3 June 2013 at Silver Springs Hotel in Nairobi Kenya. Stakeholders in the SHS market convened to reflect, draw on, capture and share thoughts and experiences to develop a comprehensive national innovation history, illustrating actions of key actors in...

Adapting the Innovation Histories Method for A Workshop on Solar Home Systems Uptake in Kenya

"This briefing reflects on the adaptation of the Innovation Histories method for our research project on the uptake of solar home systems (SHSs) in Kenya. It provides an overview of the method itself, how we adapted it to fit with the aims and theoretical perspectives of our research, and it reflects on our practical experiences of this process, including how we might do it differently in...

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