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African Union Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Awards
13 June 2011



The African Union Commission is committed to ensure that science and technology contributes to our sustainable development efforts. The Constitutive Act, establishing the African Union, recognizes the need to advance the development of Africa by promoting research in all fields, and in science and technology in particular. The Commission, through its Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology implements a strategic science and technology development programme, aimed at contributing to the wellbeing and improved quality of life for the African citizens. In January 2007, the AU Heads of State and Government "declared 2007 as the launching year for building constituencies and champions for science, technology and innovation in Africa".

As a holistic and deliberate measure to maintain science and technology on top of our development, cooperation and political agenda, the Commission urges the Member States to popularize science among African citizens, empower them, celebrate their achievements and promote all efforts to transform scientific research into sustainable development. With the support of our Development Partners particularly the European Commission, the African Union Commission, launched on 9 September 2008, the prestigious African Union Scientific Award Programme. The programme is implemented at national level for young researchers, regional level for women scientists and continental level open to all scientists. The Continental level is the highest and level of the programme. The objective is to give out scientific awards to top African scientists for their scientific achievements and valuable discoveries and findings.

In July 2010, the African Union Heads of State and Government took a decision to rename this Programme as "African Union Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Awards". This decision reflects and underscores a success story and the critical role of science and technology in the development and integration of Africa. It also offers us the opportunity to constantly honour the memory of the Great Pan-Africanist and First President of the Republic of Ghana, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. A firm believer in African liberation and unity! A man who pursued a revolutionary pan-African policy, with a strong vision extending beyond national boundaries, for the creation of a new Africa, "a federal union of African states", to take charge of its own destiny. He is among the key founding fathers of the then Organization of African Unity in 1963, an important pan-Africanist organization, which later become the African Union in 2002. Today the "dream and determination" of Dr Kwame Nkrumah inspires Africa in all facets of development.

Prizes are awarded to top African scientists in each of the following two sectors (a) Life and Earth Science; and (b) Basic Science, Technology and Innovation at the national, regional and continental levels. The African Union Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Awards Programme is implemented using the following rules of procedure.

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