African Center for Technology Studies (ACTS) is an intergovernmental non-profit organization, founded in 1988 by Calestous Juma FRS [2] in Nairobi, Kenya, promoting policy-oriented research on science and technology that is sustainable in the economy , society, and the environment. [1] It was the first African non-profit organization to combine policy research, science and technology. [2] : 6


Founded in 1988, ACTS was a pioneer in development research on innovative development policies related to applied science, technology, and innovation. [1] [2]

Kenya, environmental impact assessment standards in Eastern and Southern Africa, biofuels and bioenergy in Kenya, Eastern and West Africa. ACTS has also been influencing adaptation and mitigation , agriculture, biotechnology, bio-diplomacy , and biosafety . [1]


ACTS is a member of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD), which includes 150 data producers and users working towards sustainable development. The Canadian, Colombian, French, Ghanaian, Italian, Mexican, Moroccan, Nigerian, Philippine, Senagalese, United Kingdom and United States‘ member states of the network. [4]


In 2013, ACTS was named as one of the top Environment Think Tanks globally. [1] In 1991 the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa ( CODESRIA ) honored ACTS for its contribution to expanding the knowledge base for development in Africa with the Justinian Rweyemamu Prize, named after Tanzania’s first major economics scholar, Justinian Rweyemamu . [1] [2] : 6

Community-based actions

ACTS policy researchers engage with local communities to encourage communities to reflect on their own coping mechanisms when faced with flood-prone areas. They then choose best practice adaptations and develop long-term proactive strategies for flood mitigation which might include crop diversification. [5]

Selected publications

ACTS published the groundbreaking study by Harvard professor, Calestous Juma [6] and JB Ojwang entitled Innovation and Sovereignty: The Patent Debate in African Development. [7] Juma Direct the Harvard Kennedy School’s (HKS) Agricultural Innovation in Africa Project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation [2]

In his 1993 article, in which he examined legal procedures concerning access and tenure in the field of human resources in Turkana in Kenya, Edmund GC Barrow. [8]


  1. ^ Jump up to:f „Who we are“ , ACTS , nd , retrieved December 23, 2016
  2. ^ Jump up to:f Calestous Juma (PDF) , November 2012, p. 27 , retrieved January 22, 2017
  3. Jump up^ Cosmas Milton Obote Ochieng (2008). „Comparative capitalism and sustainable development: Stakeholder capitalism and co-management in the Kenyan fisheries sub sector“. Natural Resources Forum . 32 (1): 64-76. doi : 10.1111 / j.1477-8947.2008.00168.x . Ochieng examines the Kenyan fisheries sub sector – using the production ofObamomade fromtilapia, adried fish, as an example of sustainable development
  4. Jump up^ Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data , United Nations, 2016 , retrieved December 23, 2016
  5. Jump up^ In conversation with … Elvin Nyukuri, African Center for Technology Studies , African Center for Technology Studies, May 16, 2011 , retrieved January 22, 2017
  6. Jump up^ „List of Fellows“ .
  7. Jump up^ Calestous Juma Ojwang and JB (1989). Innovation and Sovereignty: The Patent Debate in African Development . Nairobi: African Center for Technology Studies. ISBN  9966410007 .
  8. Jump up^ Edmund GC Barrow (1993), Calestous Juma, John Mugabe, Norman Clark and Walter Reid, eds., Tree Rights in Kenya: The Case of the Turkana (Part 1) (8), Nairobi, Kenya: Biopolicy International, African Center for Technology Studies via Bioline International, pp. 1-23, ISBN  9966-41-046-5 , retrieved January 22, 2017 „This issue of Biopolicy International is published by theWorld Resources Institute(WRI). Swedish International Development Authority (SIDA),Danish International Development Agency(DANIDA), Initiatives Ltd., theInternational Development Research Center (IDRC), The World Conservation Union (IUCN), Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Swedish Society for the Conservation of Nature (SSCN), and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).