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Southern Africa Innovation Support (SAIS) Programme Zambia

The Southern Africa innovation Support (SAIS) programme aims at supporting a regional innovation system in Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). The overall objective of SAIS is to build capacity and stimulate operational elements of the National Systems of Innovation (NSI) within and across the four pilot countries (Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia), so as to positively contribute to the drive for sustainable economic growth, aid in poverty reduction and support the countries in the development of a knowledge society. SAIS will bring together the elements of the systems of innovation in each participating pilot country and thus build platforms with capacity for implementing product, service and social innovations. The SAIS Programme has taken into context the SADC Protocol on Science, Technology and Innovation and has also been endorsed at the SADC STI Ministerial meeting in May 2011.

SAIS addresses the challenges of innovation system by focusing on four key components: (1) establishing sustainable knowledge-sharing networks for innovation support and partnerships, (2) building capacity via strengthening human capacity related to innovation, (3) adapting and replicating selected best practices, projects and initiatives, that support practical outcomes and (4) building institutional and operational elements of the systems of innovations on a national and regional level. SAIS strives for strengthening national and regional systems of innovation contributing significantly to the economies and social development of countries in SADC. The duration of the programme is 4/2011-3/2015.

Implementation of the pilot programme is anchored by four Partner Institutions, namely Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH), Gaborone, Mozambique ICT Institute (MICTI), Maputo, Namibia Business Innovation Centre (NBIC), Windhoek and National Technology Business Centre, Lusaka, Zambia and SADC as the regional coordination mechanism, as well as with South Africa as the SAIS knowledge sharing partner. The total budget financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland is 6,2 MEUR.

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