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May 15, 2017Estimated reading time: 4 minutes Read Time

Over two-thirds of Africa’s vast population, an estimated 600 million people, currently have no access to energy. In Sub-Saharan Africa, the average electricity grid access rate is a mere 20%. Furthermore, just seven of the continent’s countries have electricity rates that exceed 50%. Access to electricity is critical for development; it is vital in powering… Read More

The Future of Renewable Energy in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities

May 15, 2017 | Estimated reading time: 4 minutes Read Time

Over two-thirds of Africa’s vast population, an estimated 600 million people, currently have no access to energy. In Sub-Saharan Africa, the average electricity grid access rate is a mere 20%. Furthermore, just seven of the continent’s countries have electricity rates that exceed 50%. Access to electricity is critical for development; it is vital in powering… Read More

#BigIdeasforAfrica Competition

May 12, 2017 | Estimated reading time: 1 minute Read Time

The PEI #ScienceAfrica UnConference is back and this year it’s bigger and better than ever. The theme for 2017 is ‘Big Ideas for Africa: Celebrating the Continents Science and Technology Pioneers’ – we’ll be shining a light on a diverse range of individuals, research groups, academic institutions and commercial organisations driving great science, technology and… Read More

Transforming Science Education in Sierra Leone

April 28, 2017 | Estimated reading time: 2 minutes Read Time

Sierra Leone, my home country, was once the hub of quality education in West Africa. The Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone (1827) is West Africa’s oldest university and Africa’s third oldest university after Al-Azhar University, Egypt (972AD) and University of Al-Karaouine, in Fes, Morocco (859AD). As a result, scholars from different parts of… Read More

Five questions with PEI scholar, Tawseef Latona

April 27, 2017 | Estimated reading time: 3 minutes Read Time

This week, we were delighted to speak to PEI scholar, Tawseef Latona, who has recently started a PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Tawseef spoke eloquently about his research, the benefits of the HE Ameenah Gurib-Fakim PhD Scholarship Programme, and his staunch belief in boosting the capacity of local… Read More

The latest, greatest scientific & technological developments in Africa

April 13, 2017 | Estimated reading time: 2 minutes Read Time

At the PEI, we’re passionate about raising awareness of the latest and most impactful scientific and technological innovations on the continent. Here’s our pick of four of the most exciting recent developments. 1) South African nanosatellites bound for launch at international space station The PEI strongly believes that investment in space science and technology is… Read More

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