Human Resources, Science & Technology

Activities of the Commissioner

Human Resource and Youth Development
Human Resource and Youth Development
Science and Technology
Science and Technology
Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology
The Department’s role is to ensure the coordination of AU programmes on human resource development matters. It also has a separate mandate to promote science and technology. The Department encourages and provides technical support to Member States in the implementation of policies and programmes in its fields. Key roles include: promoting research and publication on science and technology; promoting cooperation among Member States on education and training; encouraging youth participation in the integration of the continent; and acting as the Secretariat for the Scientific Council for Africa. The Department has three divisions: Human Resource and Youth Development; Education; and Science and Technology.
The Department works with the following bodies
Technical and Research Commission (STRC)
African Observatory of Science, Technology and Innovation (AOSTI)
Pan African University (PAU)
Pan African Youth Union (PYU); International Centre for Girls’ and Women’s Education in Africa (CIEFFA)
the Pan African Institute for Education for Development (IPED)/African Observatory for Education
Pan African University
PAU aims to promote networks and develop programs and research centers within selected existing high quality universities in the five geographic sub-regions of Africa, namely Northern, Western, Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. Each sub-region will host a thematic component of the PAU which will be committed to selecting and networking high quality centers developing similar programs, and serve as a coordinating hub for these institutions.
African Union Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Awards
An Awards scheme known as the “African Union Scientific Awards (AUSA)” was established by the African Union Commission on the 9th 0f September 2008 and named “African Union Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Awards (AUKNSA)” by Assembly/AU/Dec.306 (XV) of the 15th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union held on 27 July 2010 in Kampala, Uganda.
Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa 2024 (STISA-2024)
The Mission of STISA-2024 is to “Accelerate Africa’s transition to an innovation-led, Knowledge-based Economy”. This will be achieved by: • Improving STI readiness in Africa in terms of infrastructure, professional and technical competence, and entrepreneurial capacity; and
• Implementing specific policies and programs in science, technology and innovation that address societal needs in a holistic and sustainable way.