AFRICAN recovery pundits, meeting in Harare for a two-day African Policy Institutes Forum (APIF), have noted that information sharing, as a tool for capacity building, is essential in the contin
ent’s quest to realise meaningful infrastructural development.
Anthos Yannakou, the executive vice president of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa and a discussant at the seminar, said the launch of the Global Research Alliance (GRA) would strengthen “focus areas” in research linked to energy, health, technology, transport and water issues.
The GRA agenda and modus operandi is segmented into these five key thematic areas.
“Technical specialists in the focus areas of the GRA… come together in ‘technology fusion workshops’ to formulate common approaches in dealing with some of the world’s most intractable problems,” Yannakou noted.
Equipped with a self-governing mechanism, anchored in new science and continual self-regulation as well as correction, the GRA initiative aims to “undertake large-impact projects” for the benefit of societies and those with innovation.
The ideas, gleaned from various continental rebirth gurus, would be condensed into financing blue-prints meant to address Africa’s challenges as well as those of the greater planet.
The GRA movement, an appendage of the African Capacity Building Foundation, also works with various local institutions, namely the Zimbabwe Economic Policy Analysis and Research Unit in the Ministry of Finance.
It is hoped that the creation of a fully-fledged policy ministry would also help its objectives.