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Realising results
Wagener also detailed how the RINEA project would, according to his
presentation slides, be ‘a tool for the successful implementation of R&D
results’. He said he hoped the project would therefore provide benefits
to both Europe and Africa and move beyond simple presentative results.
“We don’t want solutions which are just applied to Europe; we want
something that is beyond Europe. We are strongly in favour of an early
and systematic involvement of the right players … from the very
beginning of the project.”
The speaker added that they want to realise concrete results rather than
simply “something we can publish [or something] we can present at the
meeting”, noting that it is important to have “the right people in the
countries” but also “the right funders for the countries”; this will then
lead to success.
“We don’t want to offer new books, we want to offer you success stories
and tools to work,” Wagener said to conclude his presentation.
By collating the views and experiences of researchers and policy makers,
the RINEA project hopes to help better support and realise the final
objectives of international collaborative projects between Europe and
Africa. The European Commission has designated Horizon 2020 as a
major opportunity to bring conceptual products and services to market,
and through projects such as RINEA, such ambitions could be more
suitably achieved.
detailed how support to the platform may be
realised through the RINEA project.
“So it is really now going into politics and
coming up with recommendations,” the
speaker told the assembled audience, “but
also seeing what the High Level Policy
Dialogue has to offer …maybe they would like
to have support in implementing the measures
they recommend.”
Wagener said the RINEA project “would be
willing to take on this role and contribute
with evidence-based outcomes to their
activities” and is awaiting an invitation to
provide such assistance.
Commenting on the fourth work package,
‘Promote EU-Africa ST&I co-operation’, the
speaker described it as “disseminating the
results so that a wide community of African and
European researchers and policy makers do
see what we are doing”.
Value chain
The project is based on bringing together current
and new strengths in project management as
well as relevant and important actors. Speaking
to delegates, Wagener explained: “We think we
can be successful because we combine
European and African ministries, funding
organisations, and management organisations,
which are key players with regards to ST&I
partner activities, to policy development and
implementation … we have a vast experience
… we combine old and new partners.”
Wagener described “old partners” as those
that have “experience” in participating in
previous projects, whilst “new partners” are
partners that “had not been active maybe in
this specific area” until now. He added that the
RINEA project is particularly keen to “learn from
both sides”.
He then detailed how the project observed the
value chain: “We follow an approach where,
already from the very beginning, when you start
a project, this whole value chain is considered,
and we try to get all the partners onboard …
we have implementation agencies onboard and
we try to get in contact with development banks
so that this whole chain gets funded through,
in addition to considering the interests of the
partners in respective countries, because that’s
something which we learnt.”
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The RINEA project
hopes to improve the
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