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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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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Aid agencies urged to sustain Ebola data advances

By Puneet Kollipara International aid teams must do more to maintain improvements in health data collection and early warning systems following the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, a conference has heard. Strides made in building systems to collect data on infectious diseases and track outbreaks will only endure with long-term commitment, said Athalia Christie, the …

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