Mapping Research and Innovation in the Republic of Mozambique
A new report on research and innovation in Mozambique was launched on 18 February by UNESCO, the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and the Government of Mozambique. It is the 9th volume of UNESCO’s Global Observatory of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Instruments (GO-SPIN) country profiles series.
The publication is the result of a joint effort by UNESCO and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) to support Member States in strengthening national Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) systems and build robust, evidence-based and inclusive STI policies.
The publication “Mapping Research and Innovation in the Republic of Mozambique”, available in English and Portuguese, describes the STI landscape in Mozambique and identify areas for strategic investment in STI in the country. The study provides evidence and data for the revision of the national STI policy and strategy, as part of the country’s transition from a low-income country to a lower middle-income status. It includes a list of key recommendations for STI policy development and STI investment, notably in three strategic sectors, STEM and STI policy, Oil and Gas, and Agriculture.
The study was developed based on UNESCO’s GO-SPIN methodology, analyzing STI systems in different national contexts. Ten volumes of the GO-SPIN country profile series were published, providing key information on STI governing bodies, legal frameworks and policy instruments.
The publication was launched in the presence of His Excellency Dr Bandar M. H. Hajjar President, Islamic Development Bank, high-level officials from UNESCO HQ and Maputo Office, the IsDB, the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, and other high-level government officials and representatives of STI institutions in the country. In total, around 150 participants joined the launch event.
His Excellency Dr Bandar M.H.Hajjar, in delivering his keynote address, highlighted that ”The Bank will continue to foster and expand on partnerships, including this unique partnership between the IsDB, UNESCO and our member countries, as we continue to provide support to increase their competitiveness, by harnessing the power of Science, Technology and Innovation”.
Dr Hayat Sindi, Senior Advisor to the President of the IsDB on STI underlined that “The profile will, in addition to helping the Republic of Mozambique develop an overarching National STI Policy, strengthen capabilities to produce accurate STI information for evidence-based decision making and help eliminate the persisting gender imbalance in STI”. Dr Nair-Bedouelle, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences shared that “For us at UNESCO, the project in Mozambique goes beyond the borders of a national project. The lessons learnt and process has helped us in building greater coherence in our STI policy response to Member States’ needs.”
Prof. Daniel Daniel Nivagara, Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education, informed the audience that “This example of constructive triangular cooperation with UNESCO and the Islamic Development Bank will put the necessary knowledge and expertise at the service of our country’s progress, responding, in particular, to the urgent needs of the gas industry in the north of the country, to respond to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and to many other basic needs of the economy and society”
The next step of the UNESO-IsDB project is to revise the national STI policy and the action plan for Mozambique. For this purpose, two online surveys will be implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education.