Archive for the ‘south-south’ Category

5 questions with Dr Justin Omolo

Last week, our scientific officer Ed Byers caught up with Dr Justin Omolo at the 2nd Ministerial Forum on Science Technology and Innovation in Rabat, Morocco. Dr Omolo earned his PhD from the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) and was the first graduate from the Regional Initiative of Science and Education (RISE) programme. RISE  spans 10… Read More

What type of science & technology is needed for African development?

We’re delighted to host a guest blog from Jessica Romo, currently Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator for SciDev.Net, who has managed a series of STI focus groups and workshops in Africa and across the world. This blog is based on focus groups I organised for SciDev.Net (an NGO specialising in science communication), particularly those in Africa, which are part… Read More

Overview: Building skills in Africa’s priority sectors

Following our visit to Dakar, Senegal last month for the Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology’ Conference hosted by the World Bank and Government of Senegal, the World Bank publishes an overview of the partnership agreement that leaders and delegates from 12 African countries agreed to in order to build engineering, scientific and technical skills for Africa’s… Read More

Africa Breakfast Club, Luanda: a regionally integrated STI agenda

Currently, intra-African trade and collaboration remains weak, with only around 12% of total commerce coming in between African borders, compared to 70% and 50% in Europe and Asia respectively, and 21% in fast growing South America. For scientific development, we need to address these regional ties, and look for continued collaboration between African nations. That… Read More

Five questions on science and education in Africa with Professor Romain Murenzi

This week we speak with Prof. Romain Murenzi, Executive Director of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), based in Trieste, Italy. Previously Minister of Education, Science, Technology and Scientific Research in Rwanda, Professor Murenzi contributed significantly to the modernisation of the education system in the country, expanding its scientific and technological capacity. Question 1: Professor… Read More

Supporting science in Africa through international exchanges

From the beginning in 2008, our RISE programme was built on a belief in and commitment to partnership. Co-ordinated from the Science Initiative Group (SIG) at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, USA, the programme was designed to support the development of African science through university-based research and training networks on the continent,… Read More