Moving African science forward
An continent-wide framework is necessary, argues an advisor to the New Partnership for Africa's Development
To succeed in its aspirations of regional and global economic integration, Africa must develop a true continent-wide knowledge and innovation base rather than rely on fragmented national research efforts. Continental programs for science, technology and innovation can add value to individual national R&D efforts by providing opportunities to mobilize and share financial, technical, and infrastructural resources among countries. Doing so achieves both national and regional public goals.
Continental collaboration in science and technology can also contribute to building the confidence and capacities of weak countries. Such collaboration provides the basis for learning, in R&D...