It seems the production of Earth science knowledge in Africa is simply not progressing, despite the world’s interest in (and exploitation of) the continent’s mineral wealth.
Investments are starting to help grow the African continent’s science preparedness.
Changes caused by COVID-19 in the higher education sector could alter the power dynamics between African researchers and those from developed countries.
While there are various good reasons for doing research and funding research, the chief reason is that research provides essential insurance against catastrophic events.
Global research funding, such as that offered by Denmark’s government, can open doors for African researchers to study abroad and then take their skills home.
There are several projects and initiatives that offer hope amid all the bad news about African science.
Africa has recorded a tremendous growth in its output of academic engineering research over the past 20 years. Greater collaboration can increase this growth even more.
A focus on collaboration among African universities and research institutions is crucial in developing national policies that meet the principles of open data while keeping it safe from exploitation.
South Africa’s National Research Foundation will dramatically scale back “incentive” funding to rated researchers, both those who already have a rating and those who will be rated in the future.
There are a number of stumbling blocks to intra African collaboration. These must be addressed to ensure that research is not duplicated and that findings are shared.
Some of the most in-demand ecologists in Africa are specialists in statistics. But this is currently a scarce skill combination in Africa.