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Supporting young African scientists

FOR most New Scientist readers, access to science education and research is something they can take for granted. But in many nations, the option to study or to pursue a career in science is not available.


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has realized that to change this and achieve its 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, scientists must be supported. And it is through international collaboration that scientific research and education is being used as a catalyst for change. One of the regions facing challenges is Africa. Although the continent has taken substantial strides, there is more to do, especially regarding science funding, research support, policy development and innovation. Fields such as health, agriculture and industry must all overcome problems, which in many cases are being addressed by public-private partnerships.