The Hague Institute for Global Justice took part in a high-level policy dialogue on the governance of science, technology and innovation in Kigali, Rwanda. The Ministry of Education of the Republic of Rwanda and Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE) organised this meeting on 29 November as a forum for stakeholders from the East Africa Community (EAC) to discuss the role of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in the development of the individual countries of the EAC and at the regional level. The conference also served as the launch event of a report conducted by a panel of independent experts from the region, focusing on the status and socio-economic impacts of STI programmes, policies and institutions.
The Hague Institute for Global Justice joined policy makers from the EAC regions; Ministers of the EAC member countries; Members of Parliament; Directors of National Councils of Science and Technology; academics and representatives of think-tanks within and outside the region. The discussions included community-based innovation within the EAC and how intellectual property right systems can be used to facilitate this. The Hague Institute for Global Justice attended the meeting as part of its research on how intellectual property rights can be harnessed for development objectives in the East African community.