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Association of African Women for Research and Development

The Association of African Women for Research and Development (AAWORD -Senegal) highlights the importance of women’s participation in politics and development.

There has been no space in Africa which has really encompassed women in politics, development and decision making. Women have been excluded in decision making process in many patriarchal societies. There is a need for creating awareness that women can (!), yes they can, and we should campaign for their inclusion in decision making processes and increased representation in Parliament.

Entry submitted by Perpetua Ng’ang’a

The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS, formerly ‘Third World Academy of Science’) founded

TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world, is an autonomous international organization, founded in 1983 in Trieste, Italy, by a distinguished group of scientists from the South under the leadership of the late Nobel laureate Abdus Salam of Pakistan. Its principal aim is to promote scientific capacity and excellence for sustainable development in the South. It was officially launched by the secretary-general of the United Nations in 1985.

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International Development Research Centre (IDRC) established

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) was created by the Parliament of Canada in May 1970 “to help developing countries use science and technology to find practical, long-term solutions to the social, economic, and environmental problems they face.” IDRC’s work supports “creating a local research community whose work will build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous societies.” (IDRC website)

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Institute of Development Studies founded at University of Sussex campus

IDS was founded in 1966 as a ‘special institution’, Britain’s first national institute of development studies. Among many areas in which IDS made pioneering contributions are its work in research and training on science and technology, foreign investment and transnational corporations, trade and development, employment strategies, politics of development, and agricultural cooperation, among others. Later focus on gender, governance, and participatory approaches has continued to prove important and influential in many academic, policy and international aid realms. 

 

Sources:

Oldham, C.H.G. (1966) Science, Technology and Development: Its Implications for the Institute of Development Studies. Brighton, UK: IDS

Jolly, R. (2008) A Short History of IDS: A Personal Reflection,  IDS Bulletin 388.  Available online at: http://www.ids.ac.uk/ids/bookshop/dp/dp388.pdf

Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) established at University of Sussex

Since it was established in 1966, SPRU has become a global leader in research, consultancy and teaching of science, technology and innovation policy and management. SPRU is one of the world’s largest specialised centres of its kind, and has made significant contributions in science, technology, and innovation policy, with important implications for development and environment. When it began in 1966 at the newly installed University of Sussex campus in Brighton, England, its focus areas were: Industrial Innovation and Science and Technology for Development. Read the full article »

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