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Proceedings of the EDCTP stakeholder meeting on capacity development published

23 September 2014

The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) has published its report of the Stakeholder meeting on capacity development today. The meeting was held in Berlin, Germany, on 3 July 2014, as part of the preparations for the second EDCTP programme. The stakeholder meeting on capacity development was hosted by the German Federal Ministry of Science and Research.

In his keynote speech Professor Fred Newton Binka, Vice Chancellor of the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ghana, presented a comprehensive overview of the current state of capacity development in Africa. He stressed the need for further research capacity in Africa while acknowledging the significant achievements so far.

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Key message
From the meeting, one key message became apparent: the need to actively engage local partners, and to align strategies for research capacity development and general development aid.

The recommendations from the stakeholder meeting on capacity development will contribute towards the EDCTP strategic and operational business plan.

This one-day meeting following the Seventh EDCTP Forum was attended by 63 invited participants, including researchers from academia, representatives of product development partnerships and pharmaceutical industry, policy makers, funding agencies and other like-minded organisations.

EDCTP Stakeholder meetings
EDCTP held other stakeholder meetings on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and other mycobacterial infections, malaria, neglected infectious diseases, as well as on research ethics review and regulatory affairs. The reports of these meetings are published and available on the EDCTP website.