Planet Earth Institute receives Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant to drive African Research & Development

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  • The Planet Earth Institute Foundation has won a grant for a campaign to mobilise resources for Research & Development in Africa from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • The grant will be used to support the efforts of the Planet Earth Institute to catalyse national, regional and global advocacy for African R&D
  • Projects will be spearheaded by Vice-Chairman of the Planet Earth Institute H.E. Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim and Chairman Dr Álvaro Sobrinho

The PEI has been awarded a grant for an advocacy campaign to mobilise resources for research and development in Africa. The grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a major contributor to Africa’s research and development, will support campaigns, live events and activities to seek greater commitments towards the continent’s scientific independence.

The grant will support the Planet Earth Institute to build on its successful record of campaigning with a broad range of stakeholders and will seek to raise funds for Africa to underpin its future growth with investments in science, technology and innovation. The investment will also engage the PEI Foundation Board Members and associated thought leaders to communicate the benefits of increased investment in Science, Technology and Innovation both on the continent and the international stage. The PEI also expects to benefit from the participation of other eminent personalities to be identified jointly with its project partner, the African Academy of Sciences.

H.E. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of the Republic of Mauritius and Vice Chairman and Trustee of the Planet Earth Institute

‘Despite its huge population of 1.2 billion people, Africa produces less than 2% of the world’s scientific research. While there has been some recent growth in scientific output, most African nations are falling behind other emerging regions. Investment is needed to work across the continent to convince our leaders to focus on developing appropriate strategies to raise African science, technology and innovation to the level at which it can independently drive its own development agenda.

I am looking forward to launching this vital campaign to advocate for a focus on greater investment in Research and Development as part of Africa’s sustainable development. The Planet Earth Institute will use the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s generous grant to highlight critical issues at the heart of Africa’s scientific agenda and create innovative platforms, online and offline, for leaders to come together and innovate for solutions’.

Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho, Trustee of the Planet Earth Institute

‘Although Africa has experienced sustained economic growth over the past decade, scientific and technological output has not kept pace. If we want to ensure that our continent has the capacity to develop solutions to its greatest development challenges, we must increase investment in Research and Development in Africa.

I am delighted that the Planet Earth Institute has received this generous grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to lead an important campaign to mobillise financial and political resources for R&D in Africa. We also look forward to working with the public and private sector to join the growing movement of investors in the continent’s scientific agenda’.

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