Atlas of Islamic-World Science and Innovation (AIWSI) is an international project that aims to provide an insightful overview of science and science-based innovation across the Islamic-world, an independent and authoritative assessment of how these capabilities are changing, and analysis of the opportunities and barriers to further progress across the selected fifteen countries of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. It does not aspire to be a comprehensive analysis of every sector, but -maps key trends from which policymakers, universities, business leaders and other stakeholders will be able to drill down into more detail.
Detailed country studies are a key output of the project, but an equally important feature is its focus on building capacity, as well as catalysing new partnerships and collaborations. Opportunities for capacity building and inspiring new partnerships will be considered at OIC and national levels, being sensitive to the different dynamics of national policy systems. As part of our analysis, a priority of the country reports will also be to consider the changes that need to be made in the light of international best practices so that the country’s current policies to promote science, technology and innovation can be modified and enhanced, where relevant.
The Atlas project was launched as one of the actions to implement the specific recommendations of the OIC Vision 1441 H for S&T adopted by the 10th OIC Summit Conference held in Putrajaya, Malaysia in October 2003 and the OIC Ten-Year Programme of Action adopted by the 3rd OIC Extraordinary Summit Conference held in Makkah-al-Mukarramah in December 2005. The project was endorsed by the 11th OIC Summit Conference held in Dakar, Republic of Senegal on 13 – 14 March 2008, and was lauded by the Fourth Session of the Islamic Conference of Ministers of Higher Education and Scientific Research held in Azerbaijan in October 2008.
The project is managed by the Statistical Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) and the Royal Society. It is a unique partnership supported by international partners such as the Islamic Development Bank, the British Council, International Development Research Centre, ISESCO, COMSTECH and Qatar Foundation.