Mapping Research and Innovation in the Republic of Rwanda

Foreword by Irina Bokova

Science, engineering, technology and innovation hold key answers to the new, complex challenges facing governments. These cannot be stand-alone
processes but rather should be integrated into societies through partnerships, through strong links between science, policy and society, through effective national policies and robust systems of governance and through science education. Innovation is not a
decision but an ecosystem that is a foundation for knowledge societies and sustainable development.
Governments need tools to map the landscape of science, technology and innovation (STI) in their countries, in order to strengthen national frameworks and take sharper decisions. This is the importance of UNESCO’s Global Observatory of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Instruments (GOàSPIN), which allows governments to review their country’s performance against established indicators while exploring best practices from other countries. GOàSPIN provides key information on a range of levels, from STI policies, operational instruments and legal frameworks to STI national systems and data – all in order to improve policy-making, implementation and evaluation.
GOàSPIN is a core part of UNESCO’s strategy to support the development of science policy initiatives, working with governments and other partners. Reliable information is vital for integrating research and innovation as cross-cutting policies into national development strategies and for catalysing greater investment by governments in the sciences for sustainable development.
I am confident that this new online series of country profiles by UNESCO will provide Member States and the global scientific community with a useful tool as we seek to build more inclusive knowledge societies.

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