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CASCADE: Collaborative Action towards Societal Challenges through Awareness, Development, and Education

CASCADE aims to provide the foundation for a future INCONET programme targeting South Asian Countries and which will promote bi-regional coordination of Science &Technology (S&T) cooperation, including priority setting and definition of S&T cooperation policies. CASCADE targets and has the participation of the following South Asian countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

CASCADE is led by Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga, Principal Investigator of the project. Professor Amaratunga is based at the Global Disaster Resilience Centre at the University of Huddersfield, UK. For further information about CASCADE, please contact Professor Amaratunga:

CASCADE is a project (Contract Number: 609562) co-funded by the European Community's Programme for International Cooperation under the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (2007-2013). The sole responsibility for the content of this website lies with the CASCADE consortium. It does not represent the opinion of the Community. The European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.

Briefing paper published

A briefing paper by the CASCADE project has been published that examines the policy and interests of seven countries in South Asia with respect to the seven thematic societal challenges identified under the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme: Health, demographic change and wellbeing; Food security, sustainable agricultures, marine and maritime research and the bio-based economy; Clean and efficient energy; Smart, green and integrated transport; Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials; A changing world - inclusive, innovative and reflective societies; and, Secure societies - protecting freedom and security of the country and its citizens.

This paper draws upon the findings of seven national position papers (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) and one South Asian regional position paper developed as part of the CASCADE project (see Reference list).

The paper can be downloaded from the website media centre.

Inventory of national and regional stakeholders developed

A second objective of the CASCADE project was to identify and develop an inventory of the national and regional stakeholders that can influence the societal challenges and research priorities relevant to the South Asian region.

Hemanthi Goonasekara from the Federation of Sri Lankan Local Government Authorities in Sri Lanka led this activity.

The development of the inventory and mapping were a collaborative process of research, debate, and discussion that drew from multiple perspectives to determine a key list of stakeholders at the national and regional level and their extent of stake in the seven societal challenges in terms of power and interest.

Identification of stakeholders was conducted simultaneously with the Phase 1 (Policy and trend analysis of societal challenges in South Asia partner countries) and Phase 2 (Interviews and Focus groups with experts who have the knowledge and experiences in one/ several areas of social challenges in South Asia partner countries) of WP2 of the project. Guidance on identifying key stakeholders was provided for the South Asia partners during the second partner meeting held in Sri Lanka in January 2014.

The identified stakeholders were those that offer a broad range of STI input linking to the Horizon 2020 societal challenges and that can influence the global challenges and research priorities relevant to the South Asian region.

Thereafter, stakeholder identification and mapping protocols were discussed in detail with the South Asia partners during a workshop conducted in conjunction with the third partner meeting held in Maldives in July 2014. At the end of the workshop, a template was introduced to present the stakeholder inventory and conduct the mapping exercise. A power vs interest analysis was conducted in relation to each identified stakeholder in mapping their stake in societal challenges.

A copy of the work package report and the inventory can be downloaded from the media centre.


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