Advisory Programmes

The Council’s advice programme translates into the following outputs for the 2016/17 financial year:

A high-level framework for a decadal plan on science, technology and innovation

The Minister of Science and Technology requested NACI to review progress since the 1996 White Paper and use the results to craft new decadal plan. The objective of this project has been to develop a high-level framework for the STI decadal plan.

A report on the White Paper on Science and Technology

The objective of this project has been to review the progress of the Department of Science and Technology, and more broadly the Government, towards the implementation of the White Paper on Science and Technology (DACST, 1996).

The White Paper on Science and Technology (White Paper), published in 1996, was a seminal document in many respects, acting as a blueprint for the subsequent actions of particularly the Department of Science and Technology (DST), formerly the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology, and more broadly the actions of Government. However the document is now almost 20 years old and much has happened to necessitate its review within a framework of changes in the policy context, both local and international, and trends in innovation theory.

A framework for a data repository to manage science, technology and innovation information

The aim of this project has been to develop a framework for a central repository that will be important in the establishment of research and strategic intelligence, and the production of biennial state of innovation report.

An innovation scorecard to be a barometer of innovation performance in the economy

NACI committed to develop the innovation scorecard framework during 2015/16 financial, a key step in producing the planned biannual state of innovation reports

Advice on Water-Energy-Food nexus

Water, energy and food systems are increasingly interdependent, which prompts a more holistic view of the water security issue. Water is an important input for producing agricultural goods and hydropower, while energy is required to produce and distribute water and food, and to pump water from groundwater or surface water sources, to power tractors and irrigation machinery, and to process and transport agricultural goods. Figure below shows this interdependence clearly:

water-energy-food nexus