How to Boost Third World Science

Scientists in the Third World face many problems, not the least of which is funding. Of necessity, Third World nations cannot yet support science at levels commensurate with those of the developed nations. Meeting the basic needs of their citizens leaves the governments of developing countries with few resources to expend on long-term investment in the form of scientific research. So it often happens in the Third World that university and government research centers are understaffed, equipment i

Eugene Garfield
Jun 1, 1987
Scientists in the Third World face many problems, not the least of which is funding. Of necessity, Third World nations cannot yet support science at levels commensurate with those of the developed nations. Meeting the basic needs of their citizens leaves the governments of developing countries with few resources to expend on long-term investment in the form of scientific research. So it often happens in the Third World that university and government research centers are understaffed, equipment is outmoded, and facilities are substandard.

Despite these and other obstacles, science is pursued in the Third World, and in some places, like India and Argentina, it is pursued with vigor. As Michael Moravcsik recently noted (THE SCIENTIST, April 20, 1987, p. 11), scientists in the developing countries produce an estimated five percent of the world's scientific literature. Although this represents a small portion of the whole, it is remarkable—given social,...

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