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Science: Africa's Future

 

A continent that sells most of its raw materials, and does not have the concept of a Patent office, with the limited exception of a few countries including South Africa. A continent that nurses lethal grudges against enemies of the past and sees the presidential office as a revolving door for "pay back." And a continent, that sees democratic plurality as infiltration of Western intelligence and unAfrican.

I am writing about Africa and African democracy. In this milieu of intractable problems, what is the missing ingredient to assisting African society to develop at a fundamental level?

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Invest in African Research and Citizen Science

 

Climate change, HIV/AIDS, recurring droughts, and food insecurity are some of the most pressing issues the African continent has had to deal with in 2016. [1,2,3] These issues pose a significant threat to economic, social and environmental development in Africa and create health and economic challenges to the continent.

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Teenage girls have built Africa's first-ever private satellite

 

In May next year, Africa will launch its first-ever private satellite into space, to monitor the continent's shifting weather conditions.Unlike most private satellites out there, this one has mostly been built by 14 South African teenage girls, as part of a high school science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) boot camp.

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African scientists are fostering a new R&D culture to reverse the continent’s brain drain

 

When it comes to scientific research and innovation, Africa is a global laggard. The continent contributes a paltry 1% of the world’s research output, a far cry from its position as the world’s second most populated continent.

Much of this problem is compounded by low-quality educational curricula, not to mention global funding that is skewed towards health and agricultural development and less so on science, technology, mathematics, and engineering projects. (STEM).

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Call for nominations: UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences

 

UNESCO invites Members States in consultation with their National Commissions, and non-governmental organizations in official partnership with UNESCO and active in a field covered by the Prize to propose candidates for the UNESCO–Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences.

Deadline for the submission: 31 December 2016 at midnight.

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