German-African Innovation Incentive Award 2018 of the BMBF

Four African scientists awarded by Federal Minister of Research Anja Karliczek for outstanding research achievements

Mrs. Tanja Woronowicz from the Innovation Capability Center participated on invitation of the Federal Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF) at the event of the German-African Innovation Award 2018 as multiplier in the field of international collaboration. Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek honored four scientists from Africa for their outstanding research achievements with the German-African Innovation Award.

Federal Minister of Research Karliczek with the winners of the German African Innovation Incentive Award

On the occasion of the award ceremony, Federal Minister Karliczek said: “The German-African Innovation Award is a measure within the framework of our Africa Strategy, which the Federal Ministry of Education and Research has set up to support science, research and development in Africa. I am pleased that today we are honoring such promising talents and projects. The award winners are making bold progress with their joint projects, which provide innovative solutions in Africa and offer people new perspectives. We want to honor your scientific achievements today and thus promote sustainable development on the African continent. Because it is important to us and also a core goal of our Africa strategy to support scientists in their research. Therefore, we will award the prize in the coming years, in order to continue to provide important impulses for German-African cooperation and innovation in Africa. The prize is awarded in the form of project funding for German-African cooperation projects. The aim is to strengthen local and regional innovation capacities in the African partner countries. At the same time, the foundations for the establishment of a sustainable innovation structure are to be created. New and skilled jobs can be created in this way in Africa.

This year, scientists from Uganda, Egypt, Kenya and Nigeria were awarded together with the German cooperation partners from Humboldt University in Berlin, the University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart, the University of Kassel and the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing. The prize is endowed with 150,000 euros each. The award-winning projects deal with innovative solutions in different areas of life: A novel multimedia application for mobile phones improves health information for pregnant women, including illiterates, in rural areas. Cassava shells, otherwise only waste material in Africa, are processed into new, high-quality building materials. In the German-Egyptian cooperation, novel energy supply systems for buildings are being developed that reduce the cooling energy requirement. And the problem of high post-harvest losses in Africa due to improper storage is adressed by a new grain storage technology, which will be used by local start-up companies.

See also press release: https://www.bmbf.de/de/deutsch-afrikanischer-innovationsfoerderpreis-2018-verliehen-6133.html

Workshop at the UNESCO IDUAI Celebration Day 2017 in Mauritius

The Innovation Capability Center will be present at the celebration event of the International Day of Universal Access to Information (IDUAI 2017) that takes place on the 28th of September in Port Luis, Mauritius during eLearning Africa, the 12th International Conference on ICT for development, education, and training. The event is hosted by the Government of the Republic of Mauritius with over 50 inspiring sessions, interactive discussions, highlight talks and keynote speeches by experts and innovators from all over Africa and beyond.


Workshop: “Knowledge societies and SMART Development”

The Innovation Capability Center is organizing on 29th September 2017 the session “Access to Space technology and knowledge for S.M.A.R.T. Development”. In this workshop, Mrs. Tanja Woronowisc, Head of Development at TZI Innovation Capability Center, will exchange ideas with other speakers about innovation as a process, good multilevel governance systems, anticipatory governance and participatory governance, build on knowledge strategies and innovation management in a multistakeholder environment that are S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, timely). The aim is to support countries towards sustainable development based on best practices of information and knowledge transfer systems and lessons learn.

The following topics will be discussed:

  • how knowledge transfer can help further to create impact for the implementation of smart development.
  • Improved research and innovation management capacity

Confirmed partners in this session are the International Federation of Information Processing and the European Space Agency.


UNESCO and IDUAI

  

September 28th is the International Day of Universal Access to Information (also known as IDUAI). The official event takes place at UNESCO’s headquarters, with guests from all over the world, including academics, community leaders and journalists who are working towards the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals. The SDGs recognize the power of communication, freedom of expression and public access to information and ICT in development cooperation. UNESCO is committed to create inclusive knowledge societies and empowering local communities by increasing access and preservation.

According to UNESCO, the resolution of marking the 28th September as the “International Day for Internet Access to Information” gives the opportunity to more countries to adopt freedom to laws with access to information, policy development for multiculturalism in the cyberspace and to guarantee the integration of men and women with disabilities and ensuring that no one is left behind. The respect for Human Rights is a priority for all people of the world, without distinction of race, gender, nationality, language or religion. The importance of this day in Africa was also officially recognized by Resolution 222 of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights at its 50th ordinary session.