Technology Needs Assessments
What is TNA?
The Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) process presents an opportunity for least developed countries to reflect on their needs to achieve their development goals, identify gaps, and technological solutions needed to address the identified gaps or constraints. The process also provides recommendations on national strategies and policy frameworks needed to achieve the key national priorities and development goals.
The TNA process is country-led and participatory, involving stakeholders from various sectors and thematic areas including government line ministries, youth, women, the private sector, NGOs, International Organizations and other development actors. As it is of fundamental importance that the TNAs are demand-driven with a clear sense of ownership with the country, the process is initiated based on requests from the country.
The TNA report is a compilation of information gathered and synthesized from desk review, stakeholders’ consultation, as well as results from this survey. The report culminates in the validation workshops where the TNA findings are endorsed by national stakeholders. The validated report leads to the technology implementation planning phase aimed at putting the proposed technological solutions into action.
- Sierra Leone
- The Gambia
- Timor Leste
- Bangladesh (in collaboration with the Commonwealth Secretariat)
- Lao PDR
Collaborations & Partnerships
The TNAs are demand-driven, requested by the LDCs and conducted in close collaboration with the Ministries responsible for science, technology, and innovation and involve in-country relevant stakeholders.
The TNA processes are also in collaboration with:
- UN agencies/multilateral organizations (e.g., the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF));
- Intergovernmental organizations (e.g., Commonwealth Secretariat);
- Private sector (e.g., planned collaboration with Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA)).