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Africa Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (AKTP) Innovation through collaboration

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Country Code: P272
Name of Programme: Africa Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (AKTP) Innovation through collaboration
Organisation responsible for the programme: British Council, Programme Department
Type of organisation: National Agency
Country: United Kingdom
Web Link: http://www.britishcouncil.org/africa
Starting Date 2006
Ending date
Joint initiative involving more than one Ministry? (if applicable)

Programme Description
General and specific objectives
Africa Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (AKTP) is a partnership which helps businesses improve their competitiveness or productivity through knowledge technology and skills available from Higher Education Institutions.

The British Council wants to get more involved in applied science projects which encourage innovation and positive social change, in support of the findings of the Commission for Africa and Nepad initiatives.

Currently they already link Universities in UK and Uganda through a complementary programme called Development Partners in Higher Education (DELPHE) and they want to increase their support for the higher education sector and this project is one of the ways towards achieving this goal.

They also want to facilitate real wealth creation in support of African economies.
•British Council already works in partnership with the Makerere University Private Sector Forum

 
Priority actions
The programme will see the Higher Education sector bring its knowledge to bear on science and applied research - based projects partnering with the private and public sectors. The AKTP is being piloted in Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya with Uganda leading the way.
The programme is based on a very successful scheme which has been running in the UK for several years and has seen more than 6000 partnerships working to bring innovation to the market place through higher education/private sector partnerships over the last 15 years. This has created many million of pounds of added wealth for the UK economy.

 
Management and coordination
British Council
 
Expected or achieved outputs, outcomes and impacts
Africa Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are designed to benefit everyone involved and some of the benefits include:
• Businesses acquire new knowledge and expertise for wealth creation.
• AKTP Associates gain business-based experience and personal development opportunities. Associates bridge the gap between the academia and the working world and get trained as future business leaders
• Higher Education Institutions bring their experience to enhance the business relevance of their research and teaching curriculum development relevant to the economy. They also get opportunities for joint research into development of products and services with companies and Higher institutions in Uganda and the UK.
Results:
Below are two quotes from some of our storyboards for the two projects for which we have had impact. They have also featured in our programme promotional leaflet for authenticity.

“We are grateful to British Council. AKTP has opened many opportunities for us because we are now able to demonstrate that it is possible to produce iodised salt in Uganda,”’ says Daniel Musiitwa, JDG Africa.

“There are many unemployed science graduates across Africa who could improve the performance of companies across Africa if they were employed using the AKTP model. The Africa Knowledge Transfer Partnership has motivated me to stay in Uganda as a young graduate engineer instead of seeking employment in the UK. British Council has empowered me to make a real difference within Uganda Clays,” Joseph Kawombe AKTP Associate.

* Through Joseph Kawombe’s initial work on drying processes, he has reduced the drying time for brick manufacturing at Uganda Clays from 7 to 3 days, a dramatic improvement in productivity during the first 9 months of the project.
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