The Growth of Africa’s STEM Research Capacity

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

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A new World Bank Report, compiled by the World Bank and Elsevier and released last month, shows how regions such as West and Central Africa, East Africa and Southern Africa have increased their progress in research quality and output. 

However, even though the Report presents important improvements in the growth of African research, much more can and need to be done, specially through government funding and partnerships. In the words of Mariam Nusrat Adil, co-author and economist with the World Bank, “Besides collaboration, the critical first step is to improve training capacity through the creation of high calibre faculty.”

Ylann Schemm, head of Elsevier’s Corporate Responsibility program, says that the vast majority of the Elsevier Foundation’s Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries Programs grants goes to STEM projects in Africa, helping provide training to boost overall usage of research for life resources“Many of our training grants directly support information literacy and usage and promote African research and evidence-based healthcare.” 

Read more about the growth of Africa’s research.