African science drive raises duplication fear

By Puneet Kollipara [WASHINGTON DC] As research centres and partnerships mushroom in Africa, their funders increasingly tie money to results, addressing concerns that these efforts to boost the continent’s science are inefficient or overlap, a meeting heard. “There is a huge focus on results-based financing,” said Mariam Adil, economist for the Africa Education Unit at …

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Rape in South Africa: why the system is failing women

Dee Smythe, University of Cape Town About 150 women report being raped to the police in South Africa daily. Fewer than 30 of the cases will be prosecuted, and no more than 10 will result in a conviction. This translates into an overall conviction rate of 4% – 8% of reported cases. In this edited …

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A simple way to prevent African water wars

By Nader Noureddine Ethiopia should lower the height of its Renaissance saddle dam to defuse the water crisis, says Nader Noureddine. The first stage of Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance dam project is fast approaching its end. At 70 metres high, the dam is just 25 metres shy of the target for this stage of the project. …

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Africa urged to ‘go big’ on solar energy

By Puneet Kollipara [WASHINGTON DC] Tumbling costs and technological advances mean solar energy could play a major role in an international project to expand electricity access in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to its organiser. “We think there’s a tremendous opportunity to go much bigger on solar,” Andy Herscowitz, coordinator of Power Africa, told attendees at the …

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Tanzania is still failing to protect its children who live with albinism

Simon Ngalomba, University of Dar es Salaam There is no doubt that educational access worldwide has improved in the past two decades. This has been driven by the launch in 1990 of the United Nations’ Education for All global initiative. By 2011 there were more than 136 million children enrolled in schools compared with just …

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