The African Union Commission has kick-started the assessment of grant applications for the GMES & Africa Support Programme at the Commission headquarters in Addis Ababa.
At the official opening of the proposals, the Chair of the Evaluation Committee and Director, Human Resources, Science and Technology, said "we have started the process of assessing the applications for the GMES & Africa Grant. The first process is to ensure that the applications received meet administrative and eligibility criteria. Proposals that meet the criteria will be reviewed by the evaluation team."
Twenty seven envelops were opened before the Evaluation Committee members and team of assessors. The Team of Assessors is a broad-based cohort of African experts recruited by the African Union Commission to support the Evaluation Committee. The Committee comprises officials of various stakeholder departments of the Commission. The evaluation process is expected to last weeks.
The Global Monitoring for Environment and Security and Africa (GMES & Africa) Support Programme is the result of the longstanding cooperation between Africa and Europe in the area of space science & technology, which is one of the key priorities of the long-term EU-Africa Joint Strategy. GMES & Africa Support Programme is administered by the African Union Commission through the Human Resource, Science and Technology (HRST) Commission. It is designed to address the growing needs of African countries to access and use Earth Observation (EO) data for the implementation of sustainable development policies on the continent.