PEI hosted dozens of events around the world. Ranging from private breakfast meetings to all-day conference, all PEI events identified key development challenges facing African countries, showcased cutting-edge science and featured contributions from world-leading experts from business, academia and government.
PEIs ability to convene diverse audiences from a range of backgrounds and specialisms was testament to the strength of the charity’s global network. Guided by a strong belief that incorporating diverse perspectives and opinions leads to better outcomes and more impactful solutions, PEI always endeavoured to tackle tough issues openly.
Africa’s scientific research output is the lowest in the world. The continent also has the lowest tertiary enrolment rate – just 7% compared with a global average of 30% – with science further underrepresented with only one in ten African students choosing STEM subjects at university. All of which contributes to the risk that Africa will continue to lag behind in the global race for science and depend on others for it’s scientific knowledge and expertise.
PEI sought to end this dependency, promoting and investing in higher education across the continent. This included our PEI PhD Scholarship at Newcastle University (UK), the delivery of a Continual Professional Development (CPD) programme for academics based at Agostinho Neto University in Angola and, most recently, the PEI PhD Scholarship in Mauritius.
The sister organisation of the PEI (UK), the Planet Earth Institute Foundation in Mauritius, will remain open in order to deliver this final programme of academic scholarships awarded in 2016.
The PEI Partners Forum helped to build a movement for science, technology and innovation in Africa. It provided businesses and other organisations with an engaging and valuable platform to collaborate, share work, build networks and explore key issues related to scientific, technological and commercial development in Africa. As a charity, we were committed to finding new ways to better connect the many brilliant organisations out there and that is exactly what the PEI Partners Forum was designed to do.
We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all the former forum members. The PEI Partners were an integral part of PEIs global network, helping to shape discussion and whose financial support made possible this part of the charity’s work.
PEIs campaigns were focused on pushing science, technology and innovation higher up the developmental agenda, and promoting investment in the next generation of Africa’s scientific leaders. Working with governments in Africa and beyond, as well as businesses, NGOs and the academic community, we promoted and championed the role of science. Our campaign included taking delegations across Africa, as well as to the opening of the United Nations General Assembly, working in partnership with the African Union and many others.
We worked hard to identify and spotlight great individuals and organisations pioneering scientific and technological advancement in Africa, providing a platform for the celebration world-leading innovation coming from the continent.