Africa like other parts of the world, faces enormous social challenges. The most pressing needs include improvements in the healthcare systems to enhance life expectancy and quality, addressing energy and infrastructure deficiencies, addressing and mitigating the impacts of climate change, and improving the quantity and quality of available food to feed an increasing population, in a sustainable way.
Social innovation happens where scientific discovery meets societal challenges. We must identify and train experts to lead scientific solutions.
The Next Einstein Forum (NEF) knows Africa’s development hinges, in large part, on advanced scientific competencies. While a good political environment, enabling regulatory instruments are necessary to provide a conducive environment for these problems to be addressed, the solutions proper to these global human societal challenges are essentially scientific in character. So for Africa to address these problems that are compromising its development, and contribute to providing solutions at a global level, its institutions must identify and train experts to lead scientific solutions.