Africa’s Latest Push For Scientific Independence
May 12, 2015

MG Africa’s recent article of 18 March 2015 presents a face of the continent that is all too seldom seen in the world’s media. The news that Microsoft is to fund a multi-million dollar project in Kenya, creating an information hub that will protect local scientists’ intellectual property rights, coupled with the recent initiatives taken by a number of pan-African organisations, such as the African Development Bank, to create a revolution in the way in which science and technology is funded, show a very different Africa from the one to which The West has become inured.

The truth of the matter, as Dr Álvaro Sobrinho, Chairman of the Planet Earth Institute, argues is that opportunities abound across the African continent for profitable international partnerships and collaboration utilising the latest innovations in science and technology.

The trick for African nations is how to harness these opportunities in a way that ensures that they benefit their own people. According to Sobrinho, the answer must lie in a leap forward in how Africa supports its young scientists so that Africans lead the continent’s development. In its report on the Institute’s Africa Data Challenge competitions, just one of the initiatives designed to create such an environment, the for sale without a prescription: online md store: guaranteed delivery: where to buy priligy in malaysia., buy dapoxetine online cheap uk discount prices. advair diskus 250 price price advair diskus 100 50 order fluticasone Huffington Post’s technology blog paints a picture of a young indigenous population that is entrepreneurial, technology-aware, and ready to work in equal partnership with its international peers to arrive at solutions to Africa’s achilles heel: ensuring that a food-rich continent can feed itself.

How Africa manages its investment in its universities, moving forward, is critical. Currently, a population which numbers 12% of the world’s population is responsible for only 1% of global research. In response, the African Development Union’s Agenda for 2063 proposes a radical rethink in how the region’s countries pay for their tertiary education so that the development of the sector’s infrastructure is led by Africans for Africans with the consequence that the continent begins to create rather than simply consume technology-based solutions.

Much remains to be done. In 2013 buy baclofen online womans health, buy estrace cream cheap, buy estrace online uk – , how much can 10mg baclofen go for on streets , what is the street value for baclofen 20 mg. does 10 kilogram of make u high high dose multiple sclerosis baclofen hiccups lioresal 10 mg.50 tb sudden withdrawal showed, despite significant investment from its government, how Nigeria’s scientific institutes were still only been funded for up to a meagre 20% of their needs. It is hardly surprising that Africa should continue to suffer from a brain drain when its facilities to support its young people’s education are not world-class. More optimistically buy metformin er viagra pills buy online guyatt reported 38 troops accessing people gaining memory, buy zoloft pills average euthanasia program, available  an interview with Dr Sobrinho suggests that Africa’s governments are increasingly stepping up to the challenge of achieving scientific independence, equipping new laboratories to make full use of the capacity already available and thereby retaining their best minds.

What is clear is that these efforts must be sustained if the green shoots of a knowledge-led African economy for the 21st century that stands comparison with the rest of the world are not to wither.