Innovation for Poverty Alleviation Programme Gets Underway


The Department of Science Technology (DST) is supporting a number of exciting projects that intend to use science and technology to reduce poverty through job creation, the development of small and medium enterprises, economic growth and improved quality of life. Read more



Strategic objectives hyperlink to è3


Focus areas

ICT and education hyperlink to è4

Health Informatics hyperlink to è5

ICT applications for social innovation and improved access hyperlink to è6

Entrepreneurship in the second economy and rural sector hyperlink to è7


Newsletter archive hyperlink to è8


SAFIPA 2011 end of programme conference archive hyperlink to è 9


The SAFIPA publication, A Practical Approach to ICT for Development. Perspectives from the SAFIPA Programme

(please can you include a thumbnail of the cover and also the pdf version for download which are both found in the for PAGE 1 folder of DROPBOX SAFIPA MIGRATION)


The SAFIPA publication that was compiled at the conclusion of the SAFIPA programme. The book was officially launched at the SAFIPA 2011 Conference on 19 October 2011.


The publication can be downloaded as a pdf below, and includes hyperlinks to websites and definitions which can be clicked on, and accessed, should you be connected to the internet.


This publication is a must-read, as it reflects on the programme in its entirety and highlights impact as a result of the project. The publication also provides a wonderful birds’ eye-view of the projects that have been supported over the past three years. Congratulations to the SAFIPA team for putting this publication together.


The publication consists of introductions by the Ministry of Finland, the Department of Science and Technology, the CSIR Meraka Institute and the SAFIPA Project Management Office team. There are eight chapters in the book that include The SAFIPA Programme; Innovating educational development through ICTs; Innovative approaches to health informatics; ICT applications for social innovation and improved access; Entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial support for the second economy and rural sector; Skills development – a catalyst in creating an Information Society; Building an Information Society through networking and dissemination; and Taking SAFIPA forward – lessons learned and future opportunities.


Images from the SAFIPA project events, training and workshops can be accessed at


3 partner logos at base of page



  Oval:  DST logo   Oval: MFA logo   Oval: CSIR logo







Programme 5 aims to provide policy, strategy and direction-setting support for research and development-led growth. Its strategic focus is informed by government's Microeconomic Reform Strategy, the National Industrial Policy Framework, the Ten-Year Innovation Plan and the National Framework for Sustainable Development.


Socio-Economic Partnerships

Consists of four Subprogrammes and fourteen units:


1. Sub-Programme: Science and Technology Investment

1.1 Unit: Private Sector Research and Development Promotions

1.2 Unit: Science And Technology Indicators

1.3 Unit: Research and Development Planning


2. Sub-Programme: Technology Localisation and Advanced Manufacturing

2.1 Unit: Technology Localisation

2.2 Unit: Advanced Manufacturing Technologies

2.3 Unit: Chemical & Related

2.4 Unit: Mining and Minerals Beneficiation


3. Sub-Programme: Sector Innovation and Global site2016

3.1 Unit:Information Communication Technology and Services Industries

3.2 Unit: Environmental Services and Technologies

3.3 Unit: Earth Science System

3.4 Unit: Sectors and Local Innovation



4. Sub-Programme: Science and Technology for Social Impact

4.1 Unit: Sustainable Human Settlement

4.2 Unit: Sustainable Livelihood

4.3 Unit: Social Development Analysis

4.4 Unit: Policy brief - Innovation in state-assisted housing

4.5 Unit: Innovation for Poverty Alleviation: A case study

4.6 Unit: Policy Brief 2014_Innovation for Poverty Alleviation Final

4.7 Unit: Policy Brief 2_Aquaculture

4.8 Unit: Policy: Sustainable Human Settlement on Water Service


      Click here for: PRIAP Webpage

       Permanent Register for Interested and Affected Parties (PRIAP)



Schools competition

The aim of the competitions (for primary and high schools)is to inspire curiosity among South African learners in the MeerKAT and the bid to host the SKA, as well as to attract learners to careers in science, engineering and information technology. All learners in grades 4 to 11 are eligible to enter the competitions in which, by answering five easy questions,they could win themselves prizes like  laptops, printers, digital cameras and organised tours of their nearest astronomy observatory.

RAA Awareness Campaigns


RAA African VLBI Network

RAA Human Capital Dev

RAA High Perfomance Computing CoC




SKA Promotion

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