Capacity building partnerships
In its nearly 20 years of existence, CeSTII has become a leader in sharing expertise and providing training to the SADC and other African countries, in their development of national R&D and innovation indicators in line with the OECD manuals.
There is growing debate in these and other international networks about how to adapt and design measures that are in line with local realities, using the OECD related surveys as the starting point for adaptation.
Working in collaboration with UNESCO-UIS, African Observatory on Science, Technology and Innovation (AOSTI), NEPAD-ASTII and the SADC Secretariat, CeSTII provides training, particularly in data analysis, that responds to these opportunities for learning.
CeSTII has also collaborated closely with Namibia’s National Commission on Research, Science and Technology on their national R&D and business innovation surveys.
CeSTII works closely with partners across the South African national system of innovation to promote STI indicators as a tool to enable policy reflection. A key partner is the National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI), which produces an national report on STI indicators. Each year, CeSTII collaborates with NACI in the organisation of its 'roadshow' events to promote the report to stakeholders.