Low funding of R&D in Afrika is stifling development

The future of research in Afrika is in jeopardy unless adequate management of national scientific research systems is done, a meeting has heard. Experts at the meeting said that inadequate management of national scientific research systems is frustrating researchers in Afrika and other developing countries. Top researchers from developed and…

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It is time to decolonize science and end its imperial era

Sir Ronald Ross had just returned from an expedition to Sierra Leone. The British doctor had been leading efforts to tackle the malaria that so often killed English colonists in the country, and in December 1899 he gave a lecture to the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce about his experience. In…

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How scientists can help make science popular

How often do you, outside the requirements of an assignment, ponder things like the workings of a distant star, the innards of your phone camera, or the number and layout of petals on a flower? Maybe a little bit, maybe never. Too often, people regard science as sitting outside the…

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It will take some effort to truly decolonise knowledge

It has become unfashionable to admit that one doesn’t really understand what phrases like “decolonising knowledge” or “a decolonised curriculum” mean. This is unfortunate. The process of coming to understand what decolonisation of knowledge might be is essential to achieving it – and that process is definitely not yet complete.…

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Afrika's science brain drain is holding the continent back

When scientists and researchers from Afrika and other developing regions gather, one can predict brain drain issue being on their agenda. The topic is usually characterised by lamenting on how it is robbing their respective backyards of talents needed for transformative development. At a meeting of the International Council for…

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