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17 November 2014
New CAAST-Net Plus Study on Climate Change Research Collaboration
Download report (1.75Mb)CAAST-Net Plus is pleased to announce the release of a new study, Africa-EU Research Collaboration on Climate Change: A Critical Analysis of the Scope, Coordination and Uptake of Findings (2014). The report, which was prepared by a team of CAAST-Net Plus partner representatives, seeks to provide new and relevant analysis in the context of Joint Africa-EU Strategy objectives and the role of STI especially within the bi-regional partnership. 

"Our overall aim was to investigate the extent to which – and how – research-based knowledge is being used to inform policy-makers in developing effective responses to climate change, as well as whether and how bi-regional research and development outputs are being translated into technologies, goods and services," says lead author, James Haselip, a researcher at the UNEP DTU Partnership.* 

The report's findings are intended to be both instructive and constructive for programme owners, project leaders and policy-makers alike, Haselip says. 

"We highlight various findings, however its main significance is in revealing the low level of ‘outcome thinking’ among those working at the interface of research and policy, which appears to explain the difficulty stakeholders have in attributing research outputs to demonstrable outcomes.

"Furthermore, based on our primary research with key actors, there is a general lack of clarity regarding the mechanisms or theories of change, which undermines efforts to reflect upon the implementation of research projects, or face the hard question of what difference they made."

Says Haselip: "
This study had a broad and ambitious aim and, in reality, we have only touched upon the main issues. However, we believe this report provides a relevant and important basis upon which to conduct further, more focused, work."
Key Research Questions

The research and analysis undertaken in the preparation of this report investigates the effectiveness of Africa-EU research collaboration on climate change, addressing four central question areas:
  • To what extent does the climate change knowledge produced by Africa-EU collaborations correspond to the bi-regional political priorities?
  • What is the thematic and geographical distribution of this knowledge?
  • To what extent is this knowledge being appropriately interpreted and applied to public policy-making processes? What are the barriers and constraints to this uptake?
  • To what extent is this knowledge being applied to private or public-sector technology development and investment? What are the barriers and constraints to this uptake?
This report is the first in a series of three CAAST-Net Plus reports that focus on the impact of research cooperation between European and African actors in three global societal challenge areas: health, climate change, and food and nutrition security.
Africa-EU Research Collaboration on Climate Change: A Critical Analysis of the Scope, Coordination and Uptake of Findings (2014) is being launched to coincide with upcoming discussions at the first CAAST-Net Plus stakeholder forum, Transferring Knowledge into Solutions, which is taking place in Entebbe, Uganda, from 24-25 November, 2014.

For more information about the forum, or to contact the authors of the report, write to

•UNEP DTU Partnership (formerly UNEP Risø Centre) is a Collaborating Centre of the United Nations Environment Programme and a leading international research and advisory institution on energy, climate and sustainable development, based at the Technical University of Denmark
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CAAST-Net Plus is funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° 311806. This document reflects only the author’s views and the European Union cannot be held liable for any use that may be made of the information contained herein. 
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