Mauritius hosts institute aiding African S&T training

By Nasseem Ackbarally [PORT LOUIS] An international charity and non-governmental organisation that works to promote Africa’s scientific independence has launched a local office in Mauritius to help boost research and development (R&D) on the continent. The opening of a local office of the UK-headquartered Planet Earth Institute (PEI) late last year (23 November) is to …

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Africa’s space policy opens a new front in aid

By Nick Ishmael Perkins With a billion people still in poverty, could rocket science be just what development needs? In October 2015, African science and education ministers adopted the continent’s first space policy. [1] The accompanying strategy is due to be ratified by heads of state at the African Union summit later this month. The …

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Africa changes the conversation around STEM

By Barbara Axt The economic and social circumstances of many African countries are quite different from rich countries in the West, which can make it difficult to find the right approach for development. In a continent where 90 per cent of the food produced comes from 33 million small farms, and schools have classes with …

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Africa Analysis: The continent’s bold space policy

By Linda Nordling Linda Nordling asks: Africa has come up with a space policy that is bold but is it workable? Last month, African science and education ministers adopted a continental space policy and strategy at a meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It’s been a long time coming. Work on an African space policy dates …

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African Union merges science & education bodies

By Mićo Tatalović The African Union has merged its ministerial bodies on science and education with the aim of providing better advice to governments, it was announced last week. The move has resulted in the dissolution of the African Ministerial Council on Science and Technology, and the creation of a new body, the Specialised Technical …

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