It is sayonara (or should that be totsiens) from the ASADI conference for this year. It’s been a minister-studded event – at least from the South African side – but it is clear that many African academies have a long way to go before they become the go-to partner for governments looking for policy advice.
The next conference – ASADI’s seventh – will take place in Kampala, Uganda, from 13-17 November 2011. The theme of the next conference will be Aid effectiveness in Africa’s health sector, and it will be hosted by the Uganda National Academy of Science (UNAS). The topic is timely. With the financial crisis putting pressure on international development budgets, aid effectiveness has become a buzzword. (Or should that be two buzzwords?) UNAS president Paul Mugambi welcomed all present to Kampala next year.
The year after that – 2012 – the ASADI conference will be hosted by Nigeria.
With delegates soon returning to their various corners of Africa (and beyond), all that remains for us bloggers is to say: thank you for reading!
Linda Nordling and Munyaradzi Makoni