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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Research uptake key to program implementation

By Alberto Leny [NAIROBI] After interacting with many experts, I have established that scientists, researchers and development practitioners are becoming increasingly interested in understanding how policymakers, programme implementers and communities are using research evidence in decision-making. This emerging interest in a subject commonly referred to as research uptake has gathered momentum and is attracting the …

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Robots helping tell the ocean story in South Africa

By Munyaradzi Makoni Thanks to robotic gliders, South African researchers are making gains in ocean R&D, writes Munyaradzi Makoni. Eddies — circular currents of water — move deep water nutrients to the surface, but their overall effect on the Southern Ocean and the earth’s changing climate is barely understood. The Southern Ocean, also called the …

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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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Uganda and Sweden sign US$32 million pact to spur R&D

By Pauline Okoth [KAMPALA] Uganda and Sweden have signed a US$32 million research collaboration agreement to increase the capacity of Ugandan public universities to generate knowledge and promote research uptake for national and regional development. The research collaboration signed last month (3 November) to run for five years will involve five universities in Uganda and …

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