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Research, networking, and capacity building in Africa

Mohammedbhai, Goolam

Abstract:
To meet the challenges of poverty reduction and earning sustainable human development, Africa does not only need to produce an even greater output of highly qualified professionals. The further necessary duty requires to produce and adapt knowledge relevant to its development, especially in science and technology. Global research indicators, however, clearly show that African fares poorly, compared to other regions. Sub-Saharan Africa's contribution to the world's expenditure on research and development equals no more than 0.6 percent,a significant proportion of which is contributed by just one country-South Africa. Likewise, sub-Saharan Africa has the lowest number of researchers per 1 million of the population: 79 compared to, for example, 442 for Latin America and the Carribbean. it also produced just 1.1 percent of the world's publications and 0.1 percent of global patents. Equally distrubing is that sicne 2002, while the research indicators in almost all world regions have improved, those of sub-Saharan Africa have remained mostly unchanged.

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Document Title: Research, networking, and capacity building in Africa
Journal: International Higher Education
Volume: 68
Issue: Summer


Document Type:Journal Article (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Research
Country:African Continent
Keywords:Research, Research and Development R&D, Research Culture, Networks, Networking, Capacity Building


File Size:77 KB
Date Added:11 July 2012


Mohammedbhai, Goolam (2012), Research, networking, and capacity building in Africa, International Higher Educaltion , Number 68, Summer, The Boston Collage Center for International Higher Education, USA