Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Africa releases first survey of its own science
A major pan-African science, technology and innovation (ST&I) survey, aimed at mapping the state of research to help with policymaking, The 'Africa Innovation Outlook 2010', aims to plug an information gap on the state of science in Africa. The report has six chapters, dealing with economic and human development challenges for ST&I; research and development (R&D) activities; innovation; bibliometric analysis of scientific output; and recommendations to address the challenges identified in it. It says that Africa's share of global science continues to decrease, and for it to be become more competitive it "will require greater investment in human capital development, the strengthening of scientific institutions and equipment, as well as significantly higher funding for science".