|13 September 2010. This study on the cooperation between Europe and Africa in satellite applications provides a comprehensive mapping of the actors involved and activities utilizing satellite applications for the sustainable development in Africa. It also comprises recommendation regarding the way forward.
This study was conducted by ESPI Resident Fellow Christina Giannopapa in consultation with European and African stakeholders (with an Africa-European roundtable in February 2010; related webnews here and with a stakeholders workshop in June 2010, related webnews here) and under the auspices of the Belgian EU Council Presidency. The presented material reflects mainly a European perspective. This study is meant to serve as a catalogue providing general information and contact points about main actors and activities in Africa where satellite applications are or could potentially be used. Furthermore, the study comprises recommendations to policy makers regarding the utilization of existing structures and mechanisms in Europe and in Africa. The recommendations are drawn up by addressing social (i.a. enhance the involvement of the community in ensuring continuation and sustainability after pilot projects are completed), legal (i.a. harmonise licensing procedures), economic (i.a. align funding mechanisms), political (i.a. coordinate space policy and other policy areas) and technological (i.a. increase projects on capacity building) factors and are addressed to the whole set of European and Africa governmental actors and agencies.
- ESPI Report 26: “European-African Partnership in Satellite Applications for Sustainable Development. A Comprehensive Mapping of European-African Actors and Activities”
- 10 February 2010: ESPI holds European-African Roundtable
- 24 June 2010: ESPI holds European stakeholders workshop on European-African partnership
- 9 July 2010: ESPI invited to contribute substantially to the UN-SPIDER workshop in Africa
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