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Science - Professions - Societies

While Science is devoted a key role as the development driving force, everyone recognizes that achieving scientific objectives in developing countries often requires dealing with unsatisfied demands. In this regard, four basic principles can be defined:

- Link to the universality of knowledge, the specific biophysical and socio-cultural countries and regions where such knowledge applies.
- Insert Knowledge in the reality of development practice by providing an integrated character (scientific, economic, social and legal), practically adapted to specific professions and professional excellence.
- Incorporate to the process of knowledge: _Academies, Universities, Institutions, public organizations, Civil Society.
- Structuring in this context the training strategies.

The GID directs its efforts towards strengthening skills ("capacity strengthening") of scientists and technical managers in developing countries.

Cycles of high-level training under the sponsorship and with the assistance of Academies of Sciences (France, Italy, Morocco, Senegal, Spaign) will be organized by universities in association with the concerned departments.

They will be driven and implemented by scientific committees under the moral authority of the Academies.

These cycles intended for scientific and technical managers in Developing Countries are articulated around these three key-words: "Sciences, Professions, societies."

Terms and topics covered

As a first step, the major development issues such as energy, water, nutrition and health, will be tackled in future workshops:

- An academic session allowing updating of scientific knowledge in the concerned fields;
- A discussion with decision makers and representatives of the civil society;
- a cycle of training sessions on a period of 10 to 15 days.

Topics:

- Energy. The first of these meetings took place in Rabat, organized at the University Mohammed V - Souissi, with the support of the Hassan II Academy of Sciences and Technology (17-24 November 2007).

- Economy and public health management in Africa (Bamako scheduled to end 2008).

- Agriculture, Food and Biotechnologies (expected in Dakar in April 2009).

- Water quality and resources (water, environment, health), scheduled in Morocco in 2009.

Cycles for international scientific and technical managers in Health Fare, nutrition, natural resources, economy, will be organized in close collaboration with the concerned academies, and according to national priorities.


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