Joint Stakholders' Conference 2016

Date: 5 July 2016 to 6 July 2016

Location: Brussels, Belgium

The 2016 JSC Conference was successfully hosted and concluded at the ACP House in Brussels on the 5th and 6th July 2016 and brought together stakeholders of the three key ACP-EU Programmes – EDULINK II, ACP Science and Technology Programme II and the ACP Caribbean & Pacific Research Programme for Sustainable Development.

In total 154 participants attended, of which 126 represented projects of the three different programmes. A further 14 participants attended from the embassies and missions of the ACP Member states, whist the remaining 14 were made up of the members of the ACP Secretariat, the Technical Assistance Units (TAUs), DEVCO and from the external agency EAECA.

The main objective of the conference was to foster networking and co-operation among the grant beneficiaries and the stakeholders, to share experiences and lessons learnt and to discuss future plans and possible collaborations. Emphasis was given to results, impacts and lessons learnt. 

It was with great pleasure that the conference welcomed the Keynote  Speaker, Professor  Goolam  Mohamedbhai,  the former  Vice-Chancellor  of  the  University  of Mauritius (1995-2005) and former Secretary-General  of the Association of African Universities (2008-10).

Professor Mohamedbhai got the conference underway with his insights into the key issues affecting ACP Higher Education and Research Institutions’ capacities followed by his thoughts on the strategies to address these challenges. Professor Mohamedbhai invited the conference to reflect upon the following:

  • What best practices have emerged?
  • What were the major constraints experienced in undertaking projects?
  • In what way have projects improved institutions links with external stakeholders (eg private sector)?
  • How have projects contributed towards achieving one or more of the SDGs?
  • How have findings been communicated to the relevant stakeholders (government, community, institutions, etc.)?
  • Have/will results be publicised in a refereed academic journals? and finally
  • How can partnerships be sustained beyond the life of the project?

These issues, including the future impact pathways were then further explored by the conference during the following presentations and discussions.

All of the conference presentations are available below and the website will be updated shortly with the conference results, project posters and more.

The TAUs on behalf of the ACP programmes represented, wish to thank all of the participants for contributing to the success of the conference. The TAUs also wish all the grant beneficiaries continued success in the implementation and conclusion of their grant contracts.