The fact that GID has been founded by European and African Academies bears witness to its commitment to true and proper Euro-African joint development, without which any form of sustainable development would be an illusion.

Building on the network now already in place in the Mediterranean Sea, GID applies itself to creating a coordinating network for the African academies, in order to contribute to the joint development of this strategic region of the world. A crucial step in the history of humanity will indeed be taken in Africa in the thirty years to come. By then, this continent will reach a population of 2 billion of inhabitants.

In GID’s view, it is essential to start with demand. Such a policy is much more ambitious than the supply policy, which has proven ineffective. Indeed, it implies a prerequisite: one must make every effort to identify the real needs, foster the expression of actual demands and try to address them through relevant knowledge. GID organizes conventions (FAST-Dev) in order to reveal and bring to the fore real development problems, to discuss the available knowledge that may solve these specific problems and to point the gaps that need to be filled in matters of education, training, research & development. It also endeavours to work with decision-makers to reconcile knowledge and power: knowledge is too often either ignored by those in charge of making development decisions or ill-suited to help them in such decision-making processes.

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Marshalling knowledge in the service of development

François GUINOT, Président du GID