The EU-Africa high-level policy dialogue (HLPD) on science, technology and innovation (STI) serves as a platform for regular exchanges on research and innovation policy. It aims to formulate and implement long-term priorities to strengthen Africa-Europe cooperation in the STI fields. Adopted at the 2nd Africa-EU Summit in Tripoli in 2010, it is an important element of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES). The HLPD is jointly funded and managed by the European Commission, the African Union Commission, EU Member States and African countries.
The Roadmap toward a jointly funded EU-Africa research & innovation partnership with a focus on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture was adopted at the 3rd EU Africa HLPD Senior Officials' meeting, held in Addis Ababa in April 2016.
Additionally, a Roadmap for a jointly funded AU-EU research & innovation partnership on climate change and sustainable energy (CCSE) was adopted at the 4th Africa HLPD senior officials' meeting in Brussels in October 2017.
The dialogue is co-chaired by European Union (European Commission, DG Research and Innovation) and African Union Member States holding chair of the African Ministerial Council on Science and Technology (AMCOST). It brings together science and technology representatives from 27 EU Member States and 55 African countries. The 4th dialogue recognised the steering role of the HLPD in the Africa‐EU STI partnership.