As part of the process, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research-Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (CSIR-STEPRI) in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment Science Technology and Innovation (MESTI) held a Working Session Discussion Workshop aimed at developing a National Monitoring framework based on the 10 UNESCO 2017 RS|SR and the GO-SPIN indicators.
Ghana’s recognition of Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) as fundamental drivers of socio-economic transformation is not in doubt. STI systems in Ghana must be strengthened to support poverty reduction and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As such, within UNESCO’s global framework for monitoring, policy support, and advocacy for the UNESCO Recommendation on Science and Scientific Researchers (RS|SR), the project strengthening STI systems for Sustainable Development in Africa” aims to ensure that governments and national science institutions in six African pilot countries (Congo, Ghana, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Zimbabwe) are taking measures to strengthen their national and regional STI policies, governance of STI, and institutions in research and innovation in accordance with the RS|SR.
In Ghana, the Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (STEPRI) is responsible for implementing the Sida-UNESCO Project under the auspices of the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI). Apart from the research team directly working on the implementation, there is a Consultative Group (CG) set up with representatives from the relevant institutions to guide the work of the research team. An important step towards realizing the expected output of the Sida-UNESCO project across policy, governance, research, and innovation is to develop a monitoring and evaluation (M&E framework) process and methodology tailored to the requirements of the RS|SR and GO-SPIN indicators; taking full account of national circumstances, needs and priorities (referencing the country’s STI4SDGs roadmap and needs assessment report). Development of the framework would be inclusive, with engagement and discussions with key stakeholders and Consultative Group members.
Goal and Objectives of Workshop
The overall goal of organizing the workshop was to develop the Ghana National Monitoring Framework through a participatory approach. The specific goals were:
(i) Provide a platform for the CG to contribute to the preparation of the monitoring Framework;
(ii) Discuss in detail the prepared draft of the monitoring framework;
(iii) Work on the draft through breakout sessions to improve the draft for further
consultations with other stakeholders
Expected Outcomes/ Outputs
The discussions at workshop among other things:
• Contributed to enhancing awareness and knowledge about the UNESCO 2017 RS|SR among
• Participants made inputs into the monitoring framework being prepared at CSIR-STEPRI.
• An improved draft of the monitoring framework emerged from the workshop.